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Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th March 2019


This years BIG Running Weekend evenings are set to be informative, fun, and thought provoking, with talks and films from Rob Jebb, environmental advocates and clothing manufacturers Patagonia, and mini talks on a variety of running related topics from local speakers.
They will be fully accessible and ideal for the whole family.

GB International Trail and Mountain Athlete Rob Jebb

Friday 22nd, 7:30pm – Sycamore Suite
Rob is a fell runner, skyrunner, cyclo-cross rider and Yorkshireman. He has won the Three Peaks Cyclo-cross in the Yorkshire dales a record ten times since the year 2000, and the Three Peaks race four times. He became champion at the Skyrunner World Series in 2005.

In July 2016, he completed the Bob Graham Round in 14 hours 30 minutes, then the second-fastest round of all time and the first time any runner had come within an hour of Billy Bland’s 1982 record of 13 hours 53 minutes.

Come and listen to tales of his achievements and get the chance to ask questions before heading out for a led headtorch run.
Rob is supported by Scott Running

Patagonia Film

Saturday 23rd, 7:30pm – Sycamore Suite
Patagonia are a clothing brand with a passion for sustainability, and to date have awarded over $89 million from their profits to domestic and international environmental groups making a difference in their local communities. They also take environmental responsibility and sustainability very seriously in their business model, striving to reduce their waste and carbon footprint, and offering a ‘worn wear’ repair service for damaged kit rather than throwing away and buying new.

Their documentary film ‘Takayna’ looks at the challenges facing conservation today, and the important role our remaining wildernesses play. It focuses on one of the last areas of old-growth rainforest in the world in Tasmania, which is currently subject to destructive industries such as logging and mining.

Patagonia Talk & Presentation

Saturday 23rd, following ‘Takayana’ Film – Sycamore Suite
CHLOË LANTHIER, Patagonia Ambassador, boasts more than 20 years of experience as an international mountain runner and biker.  Canadian born and now living and working in Chamonix, Chloe runs her own Training Company, living and breathing outdoor sport, has an Msc. in Biomechanics and Human Performance, coupled with a BA in Exercise Physiology.

Details of her talk will be confirmed in due course, although we suspect this is going to be a presentation with plenty of knowledge and experience at hand that will help everyone who comes along.

Mountain Running Highlights:
Completed 5 Marathon des Sables, Morocco 245km 7 day race: top 5 women
Raid Delta i Ports, Spain 180km: 1st women
Raid des Trolls, Norway 220km: 2nd women
UTMB Chamonix to Courmayeur (course modified) 75km: 5th women
Gran Trail Valdigne, Italy 60km: 3rd women
Grand Raid du Mercantour, France 100km: 2nd women
Grand Trail Courmayeur, Italy 75km: 5th women

Endurance Mountain Biking Highlights:
World Champion 24hrs Solo of Mountain Biking, Canada
Iditarod Trail Invitation, Alaska 560km: unsupported winter bike event: 1st woman
Iditasport, Alaska 160km & 560km events: unsupported bike events: 1st woman
Eco-Challenge multi-sport adventure race, Canada 500km: 10th overall
2001 Canadian Adventure & Expedition Athlete of the Year

Mental Resilience Workshop

Saturday 23rd, 2 pm – Sycamore Suite
Join psychotherapist Vanessa for this interactive workshop and discover how you can use your personality type to overcome roadblocks in your running. This session promises to be a fascinating glimpse into how important our mindset is when it comes to making physical progress!

Running Injuries Talk

Sunday 24th, 2 pm – Sycamore Suite
Accelerate Performance Centres 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’ll be lots to learn in this presentation!


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

Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th March 2019 at the Woodland Discovery Centre in Ecclesall Woods, S7 2QZ

Leader Spotlight – Jon

In this series of mini-blogs we want to introduce you to some of the faces you’ll be seeing delivering sessions and leading runs …

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