Still time to see Paris & Spinks at Fort William Mountain Festival

Organisers of the Fort William Mountain Festival have moved their Running Night (Friday, 22 February), featuring record-breaking ultrarunners Jasmin Paris and Nicky Spinks, to a bigger venue to cope with demand for tickets.

A spokesperson from the Festival told runABC Scotland online: "Last month Jasmin Paris, 35, a vet and ultrarunner from Midlothian, smashed the 268-mile Montane Spine Race, a route that traverses the full Pennine Way from Derbyshire to the Scottish Borders, in just 83 hours, 12 minutes and 23 seconds.

“Jasmin beat the existing record by a blistering 12 hours and was the first woman to win the race outright. All this and Jasmin had to juggle breastfeeding her 14-month old daughter throughout the race!

"Ever since Jasmin's incredible achievement we’ve been inundated with requests from running enthusiasts desperate to get their hands on a ticket to hear her speak. In order to cope with the demand, we’ve moved the event to the bigger 400-seat Main Theatre.”

During her time at the Festival, Paris will share her love of the mountains, and address the challenges of staying fit whilst juggling caring for a young baby and working full time as a veterinary scientist. She will also share tales from all her many extreme challenges, including how she stays fit and trains for them.

Paris, a national fell running champion and Bob Graham Round and Ramsay Round record holder, will be joined at the Festival by fellow endurance runner Nicky Spinks.

Spinks, 51 and a cancer survivor, was the first person ever to complete a Double Bob Graham Round – running 116 miles and summiting 48 peaks in the Scottish mountains with a total ascent of 28,500ft – in a time of 55 hours and 56 minutes.

The pair will be introduced and the evening hosted by local trail running guide, Keri Wallace of Girls on Hills.

Running Night with Jasmin Paris & Nicky Spinks, Friday, 22 February 2019, Main Theatre, Nevis Centre, Fort William, 6.45pm–10pm; doors open 6pm.

Image: Jasmin Paris at Glencoe Skyline

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