Eric Liddell and Pursuing the limits of personal athleticism: a worthy and achievable goal for a Christian athlete?


"In the dust of defeat as well as the laurels of victory there is a glory to be found if one has done his best. God made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure." - Eric Lidell This often quoted running verse has been the banner waved high above the heads of Christian sports-persons worldwide for the last eight decades-or-so. The infamous words and legacy of this 'Flying Scotsman', Eric Liddell, have reverberated through generations of Christian hearts who have felt the similar drive to run and to compete at the highest level of modern-day competitive sport. Eric Liddell is known chiefly for his gold (400m) and bronze (200m) medal at the 1924 Paris Olympic Games, after he refused to run his key event (100m) on a Sunday. However, the often untold stories of Liddell's life help to paint a fuller picture of the depth and richness of Christian character he possessed.