Running special at Buxton Adventure Festival

THE BUXTON Adventure Festival is holding a special running event, supported by Montane, on Wednesday, 10th May, at the Buxton Opera House Pavilion Arts Centre.

Weekend joggers through to hard-training competitors are set for an inspiring evening with the story of 1940s/50s revolutionary runner Emil Zátopek, told by journalist and author Richard Askwith.IMG_0089 - Version 2

Emil’s achievements on the track were unprecedented and his training revolutionary, leading to numerous Olympic medals, 18 world records and a six-year undefeated streak over 10,000m.thumbnail_2 EMIL 5k 52 climaxLong-distance dominator Marcus Scotney will also recall his own racing trials and success, from the demanding eight-day Cape Wrath Ultra to his numerous ultramarathon wins over the past eight years.thumbnail__MG_9928 Credit Laurence Crossman-Emms Photography & Montane copy

Credit – Luarence Crossman-Emms

Buxton-based photographer Jimmy Hyland will present his inspiring film – Running Sucks – The Story of a Barefoot Runner – which follows fellow Buxton local Aleks Khasefi and explains why he goes shoeless on his long-distance running challenges.

Rounding off the mini-festival is an audio-visual presentation from Ourea Events, the organiser behind some of the UK’s finest off-road mountain running events.

Matt Heason, Buxton Adventure Festival Director, said: “Our running events have proved hugely popular in the past, selling out tickets quickly. There are so many inspiring stories packed into this one event that it’s already following suit, as we have a great community of runners in and around the Peak District, plus people are willing to travel from far and wide for an inspiring evening of adventurous entertainment.

“We have the 70-year-old boundary-smashing story of Emil Zátopek from professional storyteller Richard Askwith. Anyone into their trail running knows who Marcus Scotney is and we can’t wait to learn the secret behind his long-distance running success. We also have an entertaining and inspiring film from Aleks and stunning photography from Ourea Events.

“If you want to come along on Wednesday, 10th May, you must book your tickets quickly to avoid missing out.”

The event takes place at 7:30pm on Wednesday, 10th May 2017, at the Buxton Opera House, in the heart of the Peak District. Book your tickets online or call the Box Office on 01298 72190.

The Buxton Adventure Festival is supported by University of Derby, Buxton Advertiser, Buxton Opera House, The Old Hall Hotel, Heason Events and

Further events in the 2017 BAF calendar:

* Endurance athlete and record breaker Lizzy Hawker on 7th June 2017

* Former British cycling champion Dean Downing on 13th September 2017

* Boardman Tasker night on 11th October 2017

* The Adventure Syndicate on 8th November 2017

* Record breaking runner Nicky Spinks on 6th December 2017.