A qualified Run Leader – he attends WoodRun on Thursdays, and has led groups at Accelerate Trail Runners on Tuesday evenings.
Here he offers his thoughts on what makes Big Running Weekend such an exciting prospect…
OK! The Big Running Weekend starts tomorrow (9th March) and I’ve been sat looking at the timetable trying to make a plan. There’s a lot to do in those 3 days so I thought I’d share my top 5 things not to miss out on!
First up is the Inov-8 talk on Friday evening with Ben Mounsey, a Yorkshireman who is well known on the fell and mountain running scene across Britain and overseas. I’m very much looking forward to hearing Ben’s stories of racing and training plus joining him for the guided run afterwards!
2 – Hill technique session with Colin Papworth. Saturday 2:30pm. This session is all about improving your ability to run uphill. Living in Sheffield, I think this workshop is a must for all runners! Can be followed up with the downhill running workshop by Stu on Sunday..
3 – Inov8 talk with Damian Hall, ultra runner. Saturday 7pm. Damian has represented GB, finished 1st Vet in the UTMB and just last month won the multi day Ice-Ultra! He’s described his talk as “A midlife-crisis, a toilet and the power sob: what running long distances has taught me about life, the universe and everything”. Sounds good to me!
4 – Silva navigation Workshop 1:30pm Sunday. Angus from Silva will take you through the key areas of navigation like different maps, scales and using a compass. Great for beginners or anyone wanting to simply brush up on their nav skills. Angus is also setting up a navigation course in the woods for people to have a go on!
5 – Womens Running Talk. 3pm Sunday. Wow! This is definitely not to be missed! There’s going to be Jen Scotney, Laura Inglis, Margo Duncan and Debbie Smith talking about their achievements and how they got there. I’m particularly looking forward to hearing about Jen Scotney’s Spine Challenger experience this January in which she came 3rd. It was only 108 miles..!!
I’m now even wondering how I’m going to fuel myself for it all! The answer to that is easy though.. The Woodland Coffee Stop always has a good choice of food and drinks, but more importantly great cakes! There’s also the Sunshine Pizza oven, a wood fired pop up that provides fantastic pizza, including a vegan one which of course I’m a fan of!
I have to admit it was really tough picking out 5 things to do over the Big Running Weekend as there is so much choice. There are led runs to go on in between the talks and workshops. The WoodRun sessions are fantastic for improving technique, form and stability and the Saucony hill sprint challenge looks like it will be lots of fun. Type 2 fun possibly! Oh and I should probably plug my own contribution to the weekend! A Q&A session with fellow Team Accelerate runner Alex Hinchliffe about being vegan runners and what we eat during training and racing. Alex is finding his feet in the short fell races with 2 wins this year already and I’m more of a long day in the hills type of guy..
I’ll also be around all weekend as the roving reporter, adding videos and photos to social media so come and say hi, pose for a photo and tell me how you’re getting on!
You can find all the info at www.bigrunningweekend.co.uk along with facebook events, instagram and twitter. See you there!