Inov-8 Fell Running Session
Kendal kicks off on Thursday night with a lung-busting session embracing the grass roots of our unique and historical sport. It’ll be an evening of tall tales, fast film and all-round mud spattered entertainment. What a line-up we have in store for you, Adam Perry will be with us – he of the multiple Lakeland 24-hour record attempts – plus Geoff Cox will premiere his new film, Trailpike. Next we have one of the greatest long distance runners Helene Whitaker (nee Diamantides) and then we have the legendary Billy Bland.
Adam says, “My last attempt at the Lakeland 24-hour record culminated in 78 peaks summited in 23 hours 48 minutes, but this left too little time to complete the ‘round’ and descend from Grisedale Pike all the way back to Braithwaite inside 24 hours. From a having a blind punt and very nearly managing it in 2014, via the wheels coming well and truly off in Wasdale in 2015, and a disastrous navigation cock-up above Honister in 2016 that derailed an attempt that seemed to be ‘on’ as we reached 20 hours, I will share the many highs of committing to something which (on paper) is well beyond my capabilities!"
Fellrunner Geoff Cox and filmmaker Richard Berry brought the Festival one of its favourite films last year, in ‘A Shepherd’s Hand’ with its lyrical portrayal of the Joss Naylor Lakeland Challenge. Building on this, Geoff and Richard has now completed ‘Trailpike’ profiling the three named rounds of Lake District fell running. We are honoured to have this film as a world premiere.
Geoff takes up the story; “We identify as runners, but in doing so, we must fully accept the reality of what that means. There will be hard miles, and the miles that fly: we will savour success, sweet with celebration and the days when tired mind and broken body refuse to countenance our dreams. To be a runner is to be all of this. So when we stand at the start of a big run, we accept the possibility of all results, from triumph to abject failure, yet must still have the strength to take that first step. And to take that opening step of any one of the three named rounds of Lake District fell running, the Joss Naylor Challenge, the Bob Graham Round, and the Gerry Charnley Round? This is truly to dance with jeopardy. Run them on your day and they will offer the peak experience that is soul-food for the endurance athlete, but if it’s not your day then they offer a fast track to very dark place. And once you are in that dark place? The only return is to call on all your belief, your experience and the ability to draw inspiration from everything that first defined you as a ‘runner’.”
We are then joined on stage by Helene Whitaker whose accomplishments merit her inclusion in the category of the greatest ever female long-distance runners in the sport's history. Listen to Helene recount some of her best moments on the mountains. From being joint first (alongside Adrian Belton) to complete in one summer all three of the classic British twenty-four-hour rounds, to becoming first (with Martin Stone) to win the legendary Dragon's Back race.
Finally we are honoured to have on stage legendary Fell runner Billy Bland whowas one of the most prominent fell runners from the mid-1970s until the late 1980s, and is arguably the best distance fell runner in the history of the sport. Listen to why he took up running, his achievements and why his love of fell running is as strong as ever.
WEAR YOUR CLUB COLOURS! A little incentive for you. Anyone coming to the event wearing their club colours will receive a little memento from Inov-8 on the night.
Plus there’ll be lots of special prizes and general tomfoolery.
£9.50£7.50 for Young Adventurers (under 18's)
Helene is a fell runner whose accomplishments merit her inclusion in the category of the greatest ever female long-distance runners in the sport's history.
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