The Road to Sparta + Director’s Q&ADir. Barney Spender, Roddy Gibson, UK, 2018, 60 mins.Featuring runners. Dean Karnazes, Mark Woolley, Angela Terzi, Rob Pinnington.The film will be followed by a Q&A with film director Barney Spender.Runners in the West Country will have their first chance to see this award-winning documentary when it screens at Plymouth Arts Cinema on May 16 just three days before thousands of people take to the streets for the Plymouth Half Marathon. The film tracks four runners, including ‘UltraMarathon Man’ Dean Karnazes as they take on the ultimate footrace: the 153-mile Spartathlon taking place between Athens and Sparta, in the searing heat of Greece. The fifth runner in the story is Pheidippides, the man sent by the Athenians in 490 BC to ask the Spartans for military help against the Persians. It is that run that is celebrated and replicated every year with the Spartathlon. Two years in the making and set against a backdrop of fear and crisis in Greece, The Road to Sparta is a love letter to an extraordinary race and a remarkable band of human beings.