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18th, 19th and 20th March 2022

Running Talks and Workshops

We are so proud to announce this year’s Key Note Speakers, ranging from local heroes to national record holders.
World’s fastest female Parkrunner, Charlotte Arter, will be with us on the Saturday evening, as will local legend Dot Kesterton who achieved the amazing accolade of representing Great Britain in her 60’s.
The Key Note talks kick off on Friday evening with Stuart Walker who holds, and has held, many a fastest known time over a variety of crazy distance challenges. More recently he became the only person to complete a double ‘clockwise Bob Graham Round’.
All of these talks will be fully accessible and ideal for the whole family.

In addition there are a whole series of Running workshops covering a host of topics, the details are all below.

Key Speaker – Record Breaking Ultra Runner Stuart Walker

Friday 25th, 7:30pm – Sycamore Suite

Stu will talk us through the planning, preparation and running of a Double Bob Graham Round. The Bob Graham is a classic test for fellrunners, a 24 hour challenge involving 8000m of ascent over 105km of Lakeland fells. Stu is one of five people to have run a double round, and the only person to have run two consecutive clockwise rounds. He’ll tell us about the highs and lows, the training, the support crew that made it possible, and what he would do differently next time! He’ll also talk a little about rubbish on the hills, a charity called Runners against Rubbish, and about why you might want to pick up litter.

Stu spent the first half of his life so far on the moors of North Yorkshire, then moved to Sheffield and the hills of the Peak District in 2002. He soon joined the Team Accelerate Adventure Racing team, and grew fond of long distance challenges and adventures, culminating in a 1000 mile run across the Alps. After a few years of multi-sport adventures around the world, including the Swiss Alps and the 2013 World Championships in Costa Rica, he decided to stick to running (due to being a terrible kayaker!).

Run Talks & Workshops

Stu was the first UK runner at the 2014 Mount Fuji race, and surprised some well-known names at the Matterhorn Ultraks in the same year (as well as impressing coach Stu Hale with a heart rate graph as flat as the Berlin marathon!). Since then Stu became a Team Accelerate-Scott athlete, and has focused on running in the UK, partly due to a growing commitment to reducing CO2 emissions. 2019 started well when Stu finally won his favourite race, the 100km Fellsman in the Yorkshire Dales. After that he added to a growing list of obscure Peak District Fastest Known Times (FKTs) by completing the James Lowe Round and then completed the year with a double Bob Graham Round.
Stu doesn’t race a lot and he certainly enjoys the longer, weirder end of running, but he’s a proud member of the Team Accelerate Hot Flamingos training squad, is supported by Scott Running and – despite his advancing years – he still has a few plans up his sleeve!

2012 – Alpine Crossing, Vienna to Nice (FKT)
2013 – Long Tour of Bradwell (1st), AR World Championships
2014 – 3 Peaks Yacht Race (1st), Fuji Mountain Race (22nd)
2015 – Scott Snowdonia Trail Marathon (1st), Manx Mountain Marathon (2nd)
2016 – Trail du Bellevue (2nd), Dark Peak 26 Trigs (FKT)
2017 – Dark Peaks 30 (2nd)
2018 – 3 Peaks Yacht Race (1st), Long Tour of Bradwell (1st)
2019 – Fellsman (1st), James Lowe Round (first completion), Double Bob Graham Round

Run Talks & Workshops

Key Speaker – Dot Kesterton’s ‘Adventures with a GB Vest’.

Saturday 26th, 6:30pm – Sycamore Suite

Local runner Dot Kesterton is perhaps one of this area’s most inspirational runners. Her talk will focus on her journey into running in her later years and how a chat at the school gates changed her outlook for ever. From running local races to competitive age group marathons and then onto representing Great Britain as a Master (60 years plus). This should be a very interesting and inspirational journey put into words.

Key Speaker – TBC

Saturday 21st, 7:45pm – Sycamore Suite

Running Injuries Talk

Saturday 26th, 12:30pm – Sycamore Suite
Accelerate Performance Centre’s resident podiatrist, Colin Papworth, talks all things injury – what might cause one, how to manage it and how you can reduce the chances of getting one. Whether you have an injury or not there will be lots to learn from this presentation.

Running Psychology

Saturday 26th, 2:30pm – Sycamore Suite

Goal Setting and Race Prep

Saturday 26th, 4:30pm – Sycamore Suite

A talk and workshop that will look at more than suggesting you remember your safety pins and race number. “Goal setting” will look at not just the basic requirements for any given event but will also explore your fitness goals, timescales and how to plan ahead for possible illness and injury. The talk will finish with suggestions on how you can approach race day in a positive frame of mind and with realistic expectations.
APC resident coach Stuart Hale will lead this talk and workshop. He is both British Triathlon Association (BTA) and England Athletics (EA) qualified and works with runners who are after a more healthy outlook as well as with those competing at a high level. He also works for EA on their Club Run Scheme helping both athletes and club coaches design effective and progressive training sessions.

Running Nutrition

Sunday 27th, 11am – Sycamore Suite

Menopause and Running

Sunday 27th, Midday – Sycamore Suite

Dr Margo Duncan will provide a summary of the many symptoms of the menopause, how does it affect our running and our exercise and what can we do about it?

Dr Margo is a local menopausal GP with an interest in women’s health, she’s also a local runner and occasional triathlete (having represented GB in her age group) with a bit of bouldering and skating thrown in for good measure!

You can download the weekend’s full activities here >>

Run Talks & Workshops

The venue for the Talks and Films.

The Big Running Weekend is a celebration of everything trail running, with sessions and events to suit all tastes!

  • Led Runs on the Outdoor City Run Routes
  • Wood Run Sessions on Technique, Strength and Stability
  • APC Trail School
  • Junior running workshop
  • Hill technique
  • Talks and Films
  • Kit Testing / Q&A
  • Night Running

18th, 19th and 20th March 2022 at the Woodland Discovery Centre in Ecclesall Woods, S7 2QZ

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