A quick heads up on this year’s Keswick Mountain Festival speaker line-up which includes some top names from the world of mountain running, climbing, and adventure film-making. Check out the image above for some visual clues.
Speakers are due to appear at the Theatre by the Lake over the weekend of 9 and 10 June and confirmed names so far include Sir Chris Bonington, Nicky Spinks and Jasmin Paris, Alan Hinkes OBE and Terry Abraham, and Andy Beck. More speakers will be added to the line-up soon, it says here.
Things kick off at 4:30pm on Friday 9 June with top runners Jasmin Paris and Nicky Spinks. In May 2016, Nicky Spinks became the fastest person ever to run a double Bob Graham Round, completing the feat in 45 and a half hours. She followed this by finishing 12th woman at the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB), adding the result to an already impressive list of long distance achievements.
Fellow ultra-runner Jasmin Paris – below – also enjoyed an amazing 2016, hot on the heels of her phenomenal win (first woman and second overall) in the legendary Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race the previous year.
During 2016, Paris set new women’s record times for the Bob Graham Round and the Paddy Buckley (Wales) and the fastest time overall for the Ramsay Round (Scotland). In addition, she was the sixth woman in the UTMB, secured bronze at the Skyrunning World Championships and won the Extreme Skyrunning World Series.
Nicky Spinks and Jasmin Paris will speak together in an evening event chaired by human dynamo Claire Maxted, editor of Trail Running magazine.