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Berghaus is lining up a packed programme for its role in this year’s Kendal Mountain Festival. As well as presenting two major film premieres, the UK’s leading performance outdoor brand is giving visitors to the festival the opportunity to experience night navigation with endurance running legends, meet other big names from the outdoor world and win an adventure of a lifetime in the Berghaus Hub at the festival, which will run from 16-19 November.
On Friday 17 November, Berghaus has teamed up with Kendal Mountain Festival organisers to host an evening of film premieres in the Brewery Arts Centre. First up at 5:00pm will be the world premiere of The Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race, which will tell the story of this year’s epic 300km race down the spine of Wales. Broadcaster and writer Mary-Ann Ochota (who was part of the crew that made the documentary) will introduce the film and afterwards chair a question and answer session featuring some of the leading participants.
Next up, at 6:30pm, will be the UK premiere of Bonington: Mountaineer, a major new biopic of Sir Chris Bonington by renowned filmmakers Brian Hall and Keith Partridge. The film looks back over Sir Chris’ long and illustrious career, from his rock climbing days in the UK through to visionary ascents on the high peaks of the Himalaya and more recent adventures, including his return to climb the Old Man of Hoy at the age of 80. Along with archive material, the film includes candid conversation with Sir Chris and shares many aspects of the remarkable and poignant life of one of the world’s best-known mountaineers. Following the premiere, Sir Chris will join Keith Partridge on stage for a question and answer session chaired by author and journalist Ed Douglas. Everyone who attends the premiere will receive a special edition Bonington programme.
Later the same night, visitors can take part in a one-off night navigation course with Berghaus athlete Steve Birkinshaw and 2017 Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race stars Sabrina Verjee and Joe Faulkner. Birkinshaw won the race in 2012 and then went on to set a record for completing the Wainwrights in 2014. Verjee finished second in the women’s race at the 2017 Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race, while Faulkner is the only person to have earned four coveted ‘Dragons’, having completed every race, including the first event in 1992. Everyone who takes part in the night navigation will be given a free drink afterwards in Kendal’s Fell Bar and there will be opportunities to test out some of the new Berghaus products that will be in store in early 2018.
Over the weekend of Kendal Mountain Festival, the Berghaus Hub in the festival’s Basecamp Village will bring to life different aspects of adventure, with workshops, question and answer sessions, and the chance for one person to win an expedition prize worth £2,500. The workshops will be led by a variety of experts, from Berghaus product designers, to filmmakers, rope riggers and expedition planners. Visitors will be asked to take selfies, sharing their memories of previous adventures and their ambitions for the future. Sir Chris Bonington will choose one entry at random on Sunday 19 November, who will win an expedition to one of four iconic global locations. Festival goers will also be encouraged to upload selfies to social media using #BerghausHub to be in with a chance of winning £500 worth of the latest Berghaus kit. Throughout the weekend, the Berghaus Hub will also host book signings and ‘meet and greets’ with the likes of Sir Chris Bonington, Steve Birkinshaw and others.
For full details and timings of Berghaus activities at Kendal Mountain Festival and to book a place on the night navigation event, keep an eye on the Berghaus website, visit the Berghaus Facebook page, and follow @TheRealBerghaus (Twitter) and @berghausofficial (Instagram). To book tickets for Kendal Mountain Festival events, visit www.mountainfest.co.uk.
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The Original Mountain Marathon started in 1968 and was created by two guys in a pub who wanted bragging rights over who was the most capable in the UK mountains.
Nearly 50 years later "The OMM" is the pinnacle of UK mountain trials. Next weekend 2000 hardy runners will disappear into the Lake District mountains for two days. The teams of two will carry a tent, sleeping bag and everything they need for two days all in search of checkpoints spread across 100 square miles of the Lake District.
The competitors are a special breed who relish the enjoyable suffering of clambering through bogs, river and anything the UK weather can throw at them. Wendy Dodds will be completing her 47th edition of the race this year. Two hundred under-21s will start their first event, some running with a parent, while brave competitors running with their partners will be heard arguing their way around the course.
In the elite Class the 50-year old rivalry between Scandinavian orienteers and British fell runners continues after Shane Ohly and Duncan Archer beat Bjorn Rydvall and Sebastian Ljungdahl in the 2016 race in Galloway. With many of the previous eite class winners returning for the 50th title it will be an interesting race.
OMM says: "The OMM is an excuse for a load of like-minded people who love the mountains to get together. It's a special event, the sight of 1000 tiny tents at the halfway camp surrounded by competitors sharing stories in the pouring rain. It's some serious type-two fun."
The OMM promotes self-reliance and taking responsibility for your actions, so no GPS, no phones - just you, a map and your team-mate trying to figure out a route across the mountains.
To commemorate the 50th Anniversary the team behind the OMM have invited everyone who has been involved over the years to the event. Given the events pedigree this includes most of the great running legends, product creators & influential people that have made the UK outdoors what it is today.
The 50th edition of the Original Mountain Marathon will be held in Great Langdale on October 28-29.
A family stepped in to save an annual fell running race after its founder was struggling to organise it due to his Parkinson’s disease.
Mike Breslin organised the first Turner Landscape Fell Race in 2010 and the event in the Duddon Valley in the Lake District has become a popular fixture on the sport’s calendar, including featuring in the Fell Running English Championships schedule. Over the years the race has also raised around £7,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
Mike, from Lancaster, fell in love with the landscape during regular family camping holidays on Turner Hall Farm in Seathwaite in the 1970s and thought it would be an excellent location for a fell race. He followed through on his ambition and set up the race when he was inspired to raise money for the UK’s leading dementia research charity after learning the farmer had died with Alzheimer’s.
After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease around 18 months ago, the 78-year-old, who ran his first fell race in 1976, decided to step down as race organiser. He put out a request among the fell running community to find someone to take on the race but when no one came forward he feared the event would have to be cancelled.
However, his sons Andy and Ian, along with their families and friends, helped organise this year’s race in August. It was a big success and they are planning to keep it going, with the race selected for the 2018 English Championships.
Mike, a retired joiner, said: “During the holidays I would always look up at the ridge and think ‘that would make a great route for a race’, but there was already a fell race in the area so I didn’t do anything about it.
“We got to know the farmer and his family well over the years and it was when I learned later that he’d died from Alzheimer’s that I decided to set up the race and raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
“The first race had 11 people competing – there were more helpers than runners. But then in the third year the race was chosen to be part of the English Championships and we had around 200 runners. That really put it on the map. We went from raising £100 from the first race and £200 from the second to £2,500 in the third year.
“I was worried that the 2016 race would be the last, so I’m so pleased that it is carrying on. It was great that my family came together to organise the race and I’m so proud of them for doing such a good job.”
This year’s race had around 80 runners and raised £1,036 from the entry fees and a tea and cake stall.
Andy, 52, said: “I’m not a fell runner, but my dad is very proud of the race so I wanted to help ensure it kept going.
“It was tough getting everything organised for the race, but when it all came off at the end it was really rewarding and dad was really chuffed to see it go well.”
Gillian Edwards, Regional Fundraising Officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “Mike has been a fantastic supporter of Alzheimer’s Research UK. The money he has raised is powering innovative dementia research that is shaping our understanding of the condition and opening the door to new treatments.
“It was wonderful to see Mike’s family come together to help keep the race going. This year’s event was a great success and we look forward to next year’s race.”
For further information about Alzheimer’s Research UK, or to find out more about fundraising for the charity, call 0300 111 5555 or visit www.alzheimersresearchuk.org
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With 152 days to go in 2017, how are you getting on with your #Run1000Miles challenge? If you're hitting a motivation wall, now is the time to take some encouragement from what your fellow 1000-milers are doing!
Here's some of what's been happening with the #Run1000Miles runners over the past week.
Don't forget, if you've not signed up yet, there is still time to commit yourself to the challenge here and be in with a chance of winning £1628 worth of kit from #Run1000Miles sponsors Montane, Silva, Up&Running, 1000 Mile and Inov-8.
Well done to Adam Holland, who topped the #Run1000Miles mileage leaderboard last week with a colossal 221.2 miles! This included seven marathons in seven days as part of the Summer Scorcher Run Festival. He completed every marathon in less than three hours.
Our vibrant Facebook group is buzzing with motivational talk and requests for running advice. For example, Nick Barton posted: "Hit the 1000 miles tonight. A couple of months of injury has put me about 200 miles behind my personal target, but hopefully back building up to decent weekly mileage!"
Some need some motivational words from others, though. Rachel Edmunds reveals: "Does anyone else have days/weeks/months when they feel like they are running slower than a slow thing in treacle? I know I shouldn't be disheartened but since London and Edinburgh Marathons it feels like I've started running backwards! I'm now back on the marathon training treadmill and wondering what the heck I can do to give myself a kick up the arse!"
But some took a big chunk off their 1000 miles. Neil Shoesmith writes on the Facebook group: "Some trail-porn from on the Lakeland 50/100 course with fellow legends... It was the 50 for me so another 5% chalked-off the total for the year." He posts this picture of his run in the Lakes:
People are letting us know how they're getting on with their #Run1000Miles campaigns.
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This weekend sees the hugely popular Montane Lakeland 100 take place. Check out this fab film for a bit of inspiration...and start thinking about getting it in your 2018 diary
Yorkshire will take on the epic Tough Mudder challenge at the end of this month, July 29th and 30th. Both the Tough Mudder Full and Half will be available, giving participants the option of a muddy fun-filled 5 miles or a mud, electricity and ice-filled 10-12 miles. Both events will be strewn with challenging obstacles, designed to test participants’ physical strength, stamina and mental grit.
This year there is a horde of brand new obstacles to take on. The interestingly named ‘Augustus Gloop’ will see participants trudging through a pit of water before climbing up a vertical pipe, whilst dodging torrents of water from above. For a full break-down of the who, what and wheres of different obstacles, take a look at this video. Sound intimidating? Don't fear, 95% of participants choose to enter as a team for laughs and support the whole way round.
Legionnaires get VIP privileges at this event with their very own separate lanes for the obstacles and an exclusive legionnaire-only finishing obstacle - ‘Kong’ - a set of extreme monkeybar rings at a dizzying 30-foot high. Also new this year is the competitive start wave, where the elite will line-up to battle their ways to a finishing prize, which will be awarded to the first 3 male and female finishers.
If you're too late to sign up this year, don't worry you can still check out these other Tough Mudders which are taking place all across the country. With an event this epic, you don't want to miss out!
Written by Kate Milsom
Kendal Mountain Festival provides a race experience for the whole family. Each November, the town celebrates its heritage and beautiful location bordering the Lake District by coming alive with enchanting music, film and delicious food.
Headlining the events is the Adidas Terrex 10KM trail run on Saturday November 18th, which circuits the surrounding countryside. Trail lovers will be thrilled to take in stunning views as they traverse the grassy and muddy trails around the town.
The route is a loop that starts in Kendal town centre, immediately tackling the Tour of Britain finishing ascent up Beast Banks. The trails begin towards Scout Scar, gifting breath-taking views across Lyth Valley. After a drink station at 6km, runners return via the golf course before descending back to Kendal.
ENTER HERE for this unique trail race with festival vibes.
Written by Kate Milsom
The world's toughest duathlon is under way. It's been 6 days of intense running for the TRIBE Run for Love team from Sarajevo to the Alps, running 338km across multiple countries. Fueled by thousands of TRIBE bars, the sports nutrition team had to battle extreme heat and bodily exhaustion to complete 'Stage 1' of the epic duathlon.
As you read this they are whizzing their way through the Alps, cycling 1800km to reach London in 8 day's time. Team TRIBE have already raised an incredible £81,000 for charities which fight human trafficking. including Unseen - with the ultimate goal of raising £250,000.
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Written by Kate Milsom