アーサー・リディアードとは誰か?

アーサー・リディアードは (1917-2004) ランニング界においておいて、伝説的なコーチとして知られています。ニュージーランドで、ローカルでそこそこのランナーとして名を馳せ、その後近所の若いランナー達をオリンピックのメダリスト、世界記録保持者に育て上げ、世界中の中・長距離界に革命的な影響を与えました。有酸素能力の発達を基礎とする独自のトレーニング法は、ランニングのみならず、持久力を基盤とする広範囲のスポーツにおいて、今でも主流のトレーニングとなっています。

今日、リディアード伝説は、我々リディアード・ファウンデーションの働きによって継承され続けています。メインのスタッフの日立製作所女子陸上部の初代コーチを務めた橋爪伸也と、大阪女子マラソンで3度優勝、バルセロナ五輪女子マラソン銅メダリストのロレイン・モラーは、共にアーサー・リディアード本人から直接指導を受けた二人で、下記のリディアード本人からの手紙でもわかるように、二人のリディアード法トレーニングに関する知識と経験を信頼し、氏の練習法と、ランニングへの愛着の継承を二人に託しました。

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Order of British Empire
New Zealand Olympic Coach
Chief Coach, Finland A. A. Federation
Danish Olympic Coach
National Coach, Mexico
National Coach, Venezuela

Over the last couple of decades, I have been traveling around the world, preaching my training method.  I have traveled extensively through Europe, Asia and spent several months touring around the USA every summer in the 70’s and 80’s.  Now as it becomes more and more difficult for me to move about, due to my health condition and artificial knees; there has been a growing need to accumulate and preserve my method in an easy-to-understand manner to a wider range of audience.

I am pleased to see this program taken up by a couple of my dedicated and trusting followers in the USA.  Nobuya “Nobby” Hashizume has been studying my training method since 1981 when he first write to me from Washington State where he was going to school.  He traveled to New Zealand and spent 12 months with me and my original runners and, upon returning to Japan, saved as a professional running coach for a Japanese corporate team.  Nobby has been one of the biggest promoters of my training method.  Lorraine Moller is one of the most celebrated female athletes New Zealand has ever produced, winning 16 international marathons during her long and prosperous 28 years of athletic career with the Olympic marathon bronze medal in 1992 at the age of 37.  She has employed my basic training principles ever since she was a teenager.  Lorraine has also been coaching a group of runners in the highland of Colorado on my training method with success.

I am confident that they could keep the legacy of the Lydiard Method and serve people who are eager to learn my training method for the next generations of great athlete.

All the best,

Arthur Lydiard

Arthur L. Lydiard

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More about Arthur Lydiard…

This is a chapter from the classic book, “The Lonely Breed“, co-authored by Ron Clarke and Norman Harris. This article captures the essence of Arthur Lydiard, the man. We have reproduced it with a permission from Mr. Clarke.

DOWNLOAD: The Man Who Never Stopped

While I was skimming through all the archive articles in my file, I came across this one. I’m not quite sure where I got it but I felt that it was very appropriate as it summarizes the accomplishments of Arthur very well. Here it is with a few modifications.

DOWNLOAD: Arthur Lydiard – The Running Man

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