Elise Downing, with absolutely no ultra-running experience, unable to read a map and having never pitched a tent alone before, set off to run 5,000 miles around the coast of Britain, carrying her kit on her back. Over the 301 days that followed she developed a debilitating fear of farmyard animals, cried on a lot of beaches and saw Britain at its most wild and wonderful. She became the youngest person and first woman to complete this journey.
Her book about the trip is out now; Coasting (publishers Summersdale) "Coasting is about putting one foot in front of the other, even when it feels impossible, and trying to enjoy it too. With heart and humour, Elise explores the thrill of taking risks and putting your trust in total strangers, and learns some home truths along the way."
Originally on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tb5NC23-_94
An interview with Ally Beaven - the man behind the entertaining book "Broken 2020 "(The year running records were rewritten). Fastest Known Times, tales of suffering and joy and lots more.
Watch the video on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TvVimcbtD4
Marcus Brown, Podcaster and community leader.
Marcus Brown is a runner from London, He is a World Marathon Majors Six Star Finisher, writer, England Athletics LiRF Coach. He went from a 4:55 to a sub 3 marathon. He is keen to enjoy the running journey and to see what his best looks like.
Marcus is host of a runner’s life podcast, the aim is to share the commonalities that exist between runners of all abilities.
Marcus is cofounder of Black Trail Runner’s, a community and campaigning group. He is committed to increase the inclusion, participation and representation of people of colour to get active in outdoor spaces.
Watch the video of the interview on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVc5Dn4DL6I&t=72s
Interview with record holder GB ultrarunner Dan Lawson - How to run 874 miles from Lands End to John o’Groats (LEJOG) in 9 days
Dan Lawson is a British ultra runner and charity worker from Brighton. In 2016, he won the European 24 Hour Championships, and in 2020 set one of the fastest known times for Land's End to John o' Groats (LEJOG). Dan averaged over 80 miles a day on the roads and trails of Great Britain to break Richard Brown’s 25-year-old record to finish in 9 days, 21 hours, 14 minutes and 2 seconds, setting the fastest time with robust supporting evidence. dmtwo media’s Dave MacFarlane joined the crew for the entire adventure and in doing so has created one of the most memorable and endearing films about ultrarunning that you’ll watch this year called 'Breaking Ten. From the treacherous A30 in Cornwall, through England, Wales and Scotland and battling along the A9 in Scotland, the ultrarunner’s relentless progress, supported by his family and friends, is simply an inspiration.
In 2015, he placed first in the Grand Union Canal Race, beating the previous course record by over three hours. He also placed first and set new course records in the Roseland August trail Black RAT (32 miles); the Ridgeway Challenge Ultra trail, 85 miles; and the Run the Rann 161 km ultra trail, India. Lawson placed second in the Spartathlon, making him the second fastest British runner in the race’s history. He placed 24th in the 2015 IAU 24 Hour World Championship, Turin, receiving a gold team medal as part of Team GB & NI. Dan Lawson won the IAU 24 Hour European Championships in 2016 with a distance of 261.843 kilometres (162.702 mi) and holds the record for longest distance run during a 24-hour Ultramarathon in India, and the record for distance run on a treadmill in 7 days, having run 521 miles.
Dan is founder of ReRun clothing company which repurposes and aims to prolong the life of running clothes and equipment to reduce items going to landfill. The film ‘Breaking Ten' is available to watch on Vimeo https://vimeo.com/ondemand/breakingten , as well as added out-takes and extra interview footage from the record-breaking run.
Wow! It's Joss Naylor everybody! Absolute epic fell runner back in the 1970's and 80's when he set records on pretty much everything and basically invented ultra running before hipsters were even born. He's here on the live chat to talk about how he got into fell (mountain) running, his fave achievements, runs and views, what his secret is to remaining active well into his 80's, and what he's up to these days - writing a book out this October! Can't wait to hear more from Joss in this live chat with questions from Patreons prioritised.
Originally on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4g3saZrMxs
Alex Staniforth is a record-breaking adventurer, ultra-endurance athlete, international motivational speaker, author and mental health activist, aged 25 from Chester – now based in Kendal.
Alex knows a thing or two about overcoming adversity, having experienced the two biggest consecutive disasters in Mount Everest history, including the 2015 Nepal earthquake which trapped him on the mountain for two days. In July 2017 he became the fastest person ever to climb all 100 UK county tops and won the Pride of Britain Granada Reports Fundraiser of the Year 2017.
In 2020 he ran the National Three Peaks Challenge, covering 452 miles in just 9 days 12 hours. Having suffered with mental health challenges since a teenager, he co-founded Mind Over Mountains, a mental health charity to help others restore mental well-being naturally through outdoor experiences.
Now Alex is committed to keep challenging his barriers whilst inspiring others to achieve their own Everest,
Originally on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqOd7IQuas4