All stories, over a certain length, take a similar form.

There are certain characters, horrible things happen to them - and your protagonist gets redemption.

Acclaimed American mythological thinker Joseph Campbell called it the arc of the hero, or hero's journey.

For a generation of New Zealand runners of both genders, Lorraine Moller was – and still is - that person.

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Arguably our greatest female long-distance runner, her bronze in the 1992 Olympic marathon in Barcelona was our first podium in the event since Scottish-born Mike Ryan in Mexico City, 1968.

Her New Zealand female marathon record of 2h 28m