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Friday 2 April - RUNNING

Livestream Agenda

Interview with Roger Black MBE

Fri 2nd Apr 2021, 18:00pm (Europe/London)

Join us as start our running sessions by catching up with GB Olympic legend Roger Black. 

Speaking in this session

Roger Black MBE

Roger Black

Roger represented Great Britain at the highest level in athletics for fourteen years at 400m and 4x400m relay. He won fifteen major Championship medals including European, Commonwealth, and World Championship Gold Medals .

His greatest achievements were winning the Olympic 400m Silver Medal in 1996 and 4x400m World Championship Gold Medals in 1991 and 1997.

He is particularly admired for overcoming many serious injuries and setbacks throughout his career.

He is now a successful speaker, partner in BackleyBlack and Perform in Property with fellow Olympian Steve Backley, and owner of Roger Black Fitness.

Alex Staniforth's 3 Peak Challenge Story

Fri 2nd Apr 2021, 18:30pm (Europe/London)

Join us as we talk to the inspirational Alex Staniforth (co-founder of Mind over Mountains) about his 2020 National Three Peaks Challenge, running 452 miles in just 9 days 12 hours.

This session will be followed with a live Q&A - submit your questions in the comments area during the live stream.

Speaking in this session

Alex Staniforth

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Alex Staniforth is no stranger to overcoming adversity.

In 2017 the ultra-endurance adventurer became the fastest person ever to climb all 100 UK county tops by bicycle, foot and kayak, covering over 5,000 miles in 72 days. By the age of 25 he has already made two attempts to summit Mount Everest as a teenager, survived two days trapped in the 2015 Nepal earthquake, authored 2 books and founded a mental health charity - after overcoming epilepsy, stammering, anxiety and bullying in early life. He is now dedicated to helping others to overcome their own “Everest” as a motivational speaker with over 200 presentations across the UK and Europe.

In 2016 his first book Icefall was endorsed by Bear Grylls, and his second book Another Peak: Everest is Not the Only Summit was published in 2019. In August 2020 he ran the National Three Peaks – climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, and Snowdon, and running the entire 452 miles between in 9 days 12 hours, the second fastest time. His challenges have raised over £100,000 for charities and he won the Pride of Britain Regional Fundraiser of the Year award in 2017.

Alex is a founding director of Mind Over Mountains, a charity to restore mental well-being and resilience through outdoor experiences. He is now based in Kendal, England and is regularly found running in the fells and local trails – serving as an ambassador for The Westgrove Group, YHA England & Wales, Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports and an Ordnance Survey ‘Get Outside’ Champion 2020.

An interview with Damian Hall

Fri 2nd Apr 2021, 19:00pm (Europe/London)

Endurance runner and FKT record-breaker talks about pushing yourself to the limit. 

Speaking in this session

Damian Hall

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Damian thanks his midlife crisis for getting him into ultramarathon running.

He has represented his country, recorded competitive results at some of the world's toughest races and set seven records/fastest known times (FKTs). All while consumed alarming amounts of tea and custard.

He is currently working on a book about it all with Vertebrate Publishing, due out May 2021.

Damian very much enjoys coaching other runners, and company employees, to reach their potential.

His inov-8 daps are regularly muddied in Britain's glorious South West, especially in the Brecon Beacons and the Cotswolds, where he grew up and now live again.

He just loves being in the great outdoors, bimbling somewhere lumpy.

Though he does not have much time for media work nowadays, he is a journalist and author with more than 20 years' experience of writing for and editing magazines, newspapers, books and websites.

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