"Beautifully observed, elegantly shot and carefully paced, Personal Best is a powerful documentary."
The Times
"A unique film, truly about achievement over success."
The Financial Times
"Captures the blood, sweat and ceaseless commitment needed to compete at the highest levels of a sport."
The Daily Express

Personal Best

Available on DVD & Download

Filmed over four years, Sam Blair’s debut feature-length documentary follows up-and-coming British sprinters on their journey from the grassroots of athletics to the international stage. Set in the build-up to the 2012 Olympic Games, the film is both a gripping portrait of the athletes in training and competition and a deeply personal account of their lives unfolding ā€“ revealing victory, defeat, agony, ecstasy and the simple trials of growing up.

This is an inspiring but genuine portrait of Britain’s youth and a penetrating study of the art of sprinting, peeling back the layers so we can finally understand everything it means to them as they are on the start-line waiting for the gun to fire.


James Ellington, Jeanette Kwakye, Omardo Anson, Richard Alleyne





Running Time

89 minutes



Directed by

Sam Blair

Written by

Sam Blair

Produced by

Sam Blair


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