Columbia Mountain Running Session
Including the special insiders' UTMB stories and other astounding Ultra tales, films and top speakers from the world of international mountain running.
We have a hugely exciting line-up of athletes, with stories to match the exhilarating experience of running free in the mountains. Presented by Simon Freeman, editor of the independent and visually stunning Like The Wind running magazine, if you love running, and love the mountains, this event isn't one to miss!
Jonathan Albon is a champion skyrunner and obstacle course racer. Though his career started with OCR, Jon’s true passion is running in the mountains. After moving to Bergen, Norway, in 2014, Jon began to compete in Sky Running events across Europe. Jonathan first shocked the Skyrunning community in Tromso, when he beat the undisputed champion of mountain running, Kilian Jornet, by 17 minutes. He twice won the Sky Extreme Series (2016 and 2017) and was the overall winner of the Skrunner World Series in 2017. In 2018, he became Ultra SkyRunning World Champion. And in 2016, Jon and Ryan Atkins became the first team to achieve 100 miles at the World’s Toughest Mudder Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The clue to Jenny Tough is in her name. Jenny has travelled six continents, solo. She has cycled around Europe, paddled through the South American jungle, run marathons on four continents, hiked throughout Asia, trekked in Patagonia, dived with sharks, surfed in the North Sea, competed in numerous adventure races, and lived in five countries. She believes that everyone has the spirit of an explorer within them, and that adventures are constantly at our fingertips. While some of her adventures have been epic, year-long expeditions, others have been equally gruelling micro-adventures, only hours away from the comfort of home. Her goal in sharing her adventures is to inspire more individuals to go find their own adventure.
Jenny will be joining us fresh back from a world-first expedition to run solo and unsupported across a mountain range on every continent, the third in her global mountain running challenge. In 2016 she became the first person to run across the Tien Shan of Kyrgyzstan, and in 2017 the first person to run across the Atlas Mountains. The Kendal audience this year will be the very first to hear about her traverse of the Bolivian Andes, taking place this October.
Originally from Cork, Eoin Keith competes in ultra running and adventure racing in Ireland and around the world. His first ultra was a 50km race in Wicklow back in the late 90s., and since then he has steadily pushed out the distances. Eoin’s best race results include finishing 5th at the 24 hour world championships in Bergamo in 2009, finishing as 2nd place veteran in the 2013 UTMB and 2nd in the 6-day World Trophy race in Hungary in 2015. In 2016 Eoin won the Spine Race - one of the hardest Ultra races in Britain - in a new course record of 95 hours, knocking over 15 hours off the old record.
Damian Hall is a Festival favourite, and we congratulate him on his 5th position in this year's UTMB! For him, ultra running "is much more about having a big sweaty adventure somewhere spectacularly lumpy, and the great health, happiness and friendships it rewards with. And the opportunity to scoff a lot of cake." He's been on on the podium at the Spine Race, the Dragon's Back Race and the most recent British Athletics UK Ultra Trail Championships. He's completed the UTMB four times now, plus the Marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert, the Ice Ultra in Arctic Sweden, and placed in the top 10 at several Ultra-Trail World Tour races. Damian has also completed a Bob Graham Round, a Charlie Ramsay Round and holds the record for the Fastest Known Time (supported) on Britain's longest National Trail, the 630-mile South West Coast Path.
Finally, joining on this packed panel of mountain running talent will be accomplished trail runner, ultra runner and active coach Julia Tregaski-Allen. For over ten years she has travelled the globe through her work as an outdoor instructor and International Mountain leader. With a previous background as a sports coach, and personal trainer she is ideally suited to helping people progress into more challenging terrain and longer events.
£15.00£8.50 for Young Adventurers (under 18's)
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