DUE to popular demand, organisers of The Fort William Mountain Festival 2019 are very pleased to announce that the venue for the Running Night – featuring record breaking ultrarunners, Jasmin Paris and Nicky Spinks – has been moved to the festival’s 400-seat Main Theatre at The Nevis Centre, Fort William, on Friday 22 February 2018 at 18.45.
A spokesperson from The Fort William Mountain Festival said: “Last month, Jasmin Paris, 35, a vet and ultrarunner from Midlothian, smashed the 268-mile Montane Spine Race, a route that traverses the full Pennine Way from Derbyshire to the Scottish Borders, in just 83 hours, 12 minutes and 23 seconds. Jasmin beat the existing record by a blistering 12 hours and was the first woman to win the race outright. All this and Jasmin had to juggle breastfeeding her 14-month old daughter throughout the race!
“Ever since Jasmin’s incredible achievement we have been inundated with running enthusiasts from Lochaber and further afield desperate to get their hands on a ticket to hear her speak about the Montane Spine Race and her other incredible ultrarunning feats. In order to cope with the demand, we have moved the event to the bigger 400-seat Main Theatre.
“If you are looking for tickets there are some available online at mountainfestival.co.uk.”
Jasmin Paris, a national fell running champion and the Bob Graham Round and the Ramsay Round record holder, will be joined by fellow endurance runner Nicky Spinks. Nicky, 51, was the first-ever person to complete a Double Bob Graham round, running 116 miles and summiting 48 peaks, a total ascent is 28,500ft, in the Scottish mountains in a time of 55 hours and 56 minutes, all this in celebration of her ten-year cancer survival.
Jasmin will share her love of the mountains, and the challenges of staying fit whilst juggling caring for a young baby and working full-time as a veterinary scientist. Nicky will share tales of all her many extreme challenges, how she stays fit and trains for them.
The lectures from David Hetherington – The Lynx and Us; and Peter Cairns – SCOTLAND: The Big Picture, previously programmed in the Main Theatre on Friday 22 February 2018 at 18.45 will now be staged in the Nevis Centre’s Studio Theatre at the same time.
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Running Night with Jasmin Paris and Nicky Spinks
Friday, 22 February 2019
Main Theatre, Nevis Centre, Fort William
6:45pm – 10pm
Doors open 6pm
Box Office: https://www.mountainfestival.co.uk/book-now.html
Introduced and hosted by local trail running guide, Keri Wallace.
‘The mountains are calling, and so is the baby!’.
In 2016, Jasmin Paris had her biggest running year to date when she ran the three long distance UK rounds (Bob Graham, Charlie Ramsay, and Paddy Buckley), the UTMB (sixth lady), and World Skyrunning Extreme Series (first lady). She then continued to run and race through 2017, when she was pregnant with her daughter Rowan. Jasmin returned to competitive racing in 2018 and won the British Fell Running Championship. Jasmin will share her love of the mountains, and the challenges of staying fit whilst juggling caring for a young baby and working full time as a veterinary scientist.
Nicky Spinks has been equally busy in the last few years. In May 2016, she set a new record for a Double Bob Graham round, then the following year she set a new women’s record for the Joss Naylor Challenge. Most recently, in June 2018, Nicky went on to become the first-ever person to complete a Double Bob Graham round. Nicky will share tales of all these challenges, how she stays fit and trains for them, and then we’ll hear from these two inspirational women about what is in store for 2019.
Something tells us it’s going to be equally epic!
Notes to editors:
To find out more about the Fort William Mountain Festival programme 2019
The Scottish Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture – https://www.mountainfestival.co.uk/awards.html
The Fort William Mountain Festival 2019 is presented in association with The Heritage Lottery Fund, Nevis Landscape Partnership, the ‘Outdoor Capital’, and the Highland Council and runs in and around Fort William in Lochaber, the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’, from Wednesday 20 to Sunday 24 February 2019. www.mountainfestival.co.uk. The festival attracts approaching 1,500 people over the five days and takes place each February in and around the town of Fort William.
The Fort William Mountain Festival 2019 is sponsored by Rare Breed Production, Ellis Brigham, Gael Force (previously Corpach Boat Builders), Strathmore Hotels, Abacus Mountain Guides, Liberty, Nevis Range, the John Muir Trust, Thistle Access Ltd, the Outdoor Capital of the UK, Print Smith and Lamont Design.
Festival organisers – The Highland Mountain Culture Association Limited - is a not-for-profit organisation, whose aim is to promote the understanding and appreciation of the world’s mountain places and people, by creating opportunities for people of all ages to share their mountain experiences, ideas and visions. To showcase these ideas, it stages annually a programme of events within the Lochaber area, called The Fort William Mountain Festival.
The ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’ is Lochaber Chamber of Commerce’s tourism brand, promoting adventure for all! The Chamber publicises, sponsors and promotes Fort William and Lochaber as the best place in the UK for everyone to experience the outdoors; with a view to developing local jobs and wealth and encouraging sustainable economic growth. This is done through a range of collaborative marketing initiatives and activities. The organisation currently has a wide range of member businesses ranging from accommodation, food and drink and activity providers to non-tourism focused businesses who support the aims of the Lochaber Chamber of Commerce and acknowledge that tourism is crucial to the local economy. Many of these businesses are SMEs and by pulling resources and working as a team the Lochaber Chamber of Commerce achieves the positive results that individually the members couldn’t otherwise reach. The Chamber also produces the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’ website, the go to site for local events, outdoor activities and visitor accommodation in the area. www.outdoorcapital.co.uk / www.lochaberchamber.co.uk.
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