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6th, 7th and 8th October 2023

Running Talks and Workshops

We are so proud to announce this year’s Key Note Speakers, ranging from local heroes to an Olympian.
European 10,000m champion and 5 x Olympian Jo Pavey, 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 Ross Jenkins who became the first person to complete a continous traverse of all four of the national 24 hour mountain challenges. 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 – Ultra Runner Ross Jenkins – The Big 4 at 40

Run Talks & Workshops

Friday 18th, 7:00pm – Sycamore Suite

Dynafit supported athlete decided to celebrate turning 40 with a huge challenge. He started in Scotland and completed the Ramsay Round one of the big running mountain challenges. Next on to Northern Ireland for the Dennis Rankin Round. Round four was North Wales and the Paddy Buckley before finishing in The Lake District completing the Bob Graham Round. His only rest was travelling between the races.

Run Talks & Workshops

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

Saturday 20th, 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 – Jo Pavey- European Champion

Run Talks & Workshops

Saturday 20st, 7:30pm – Sycamore Suite

Jo is a five-time Olympian, having represented Great Britain in every Olympic Games from 2000 to 2016. She is the only British runner and track event athlete to have competed in five games. In 2014, she won the 10,000m gold medal at the European Championships in Zürich, just ten months after giving birth to her second child she became the oldest female European champion in history at the age of 40 years and 325 days. Wow, how impressive. Jo is a Saucony athlete ambassador and will be joining us at the Big Running Weekend on Saturday the 19th March and will be doing a run during the day as well as a talk in the evening.


Dealing with Anxiety when Racing – Head Games Workshop

Saturday 19th, 2:00pm- Sycamore Suite

Trained NLP coach Karen will run an workshop on dealing with anxiety when racing, especially in the lead up. Looking at how we can reprogram our thinking to help with a performance mindset in stressful situations. She will also explore goal setting and being the best you can be.

Menopause and Running- presentation with Q&A

Saturday 19th, 11:00am – 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!

Goal Setting and Race Planning Workshop

Sunday 20th, 10:30am- Sycamore Suite

Accelerate Performance Centre high performance coach, Stuart Hale will run a interactive workshop on goal setting and race planning. Stuart will explore and enable you to make SMART goals to help you plan your training and races effectively.

Fitness and Running an Ultra or Multi Day Event Workshop

Sunday 20th, 12:00pm- Sycamore Suite

Stuart Hale has very successfully coached many athlete to completing ultras and multi day events. This will be an interactive workshop helping your plan your training to complete the longer event.

Running Injuries Q&A Workshop with the APC team

Sunday 20th, 3:00pm – Sycamore Suite
Accelerate Performance Centre’s resident podiatrists, Colin Papworth and Abbie Dagg as well as coach and Strenght and Conditioning Coach- Nancy Stainiland will be talks all things injury – this will form a question and answer workshop. Covering 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 workshop.

You can find the full timetable with links to all you need to know, right 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

6th, 7th and 8th October 2023 at the Woodland Discovery Centre in Ecclesall Woods, S7 2QZ

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