Discover running in Sheffield and the Peak District at the Outdoor City Weekender

Taking place 9 - 11th March, the Outdoor City Weekender is a celebration of all things outside orientated (hiking, climbing, running, mountain biking and more) in Sheffield and the Peak District and for the first time, this includes the BIG Running Weekend. 

As part of the BIG Running Weekend there will be workshops, including ‘Trail School’ and Led Runs over the newly opened Outdoor City Run Routes with the chance for a mere 47km to be covered in the BIG Running Weekend Challenger over the three days. Other coached sessions will focus on running technique, strength and stability plus hill technique (these are based from the J G Grave Discovery Centre, Eccelsall Woods, and have been organised by the qualified run leaders and coaches of local running group ‘WoodRun’). 

There will also be a series of Inov-8 Talks including GB Mountain Runner, Ben Mounsey, who will kick Friday (9th March) night off with the first talk of the weekend with record breaking Ultra Runner Damian Hall taking the limelight on the Saturday evening. 

There will be an opportunity for visitors to enter the Saucony Hill Spring Challenge Time Trial up the infamous Hill of Doom within the woods. It will be short and sharp with Saucony shoes up for grabs in a Prize Draw open to all entrants of the challenge.

There will also be a session for juniors, looking at what they need to think about in making it as a runner, taking them through a multi-paced and varied terrain session before heading indoors for an interactive workshop. This will be lead by Meg Wilson, 25, (Team Accelerate-Scott) who last year represented Ireland for the first time as a senior; plus Anna Hoogkamer, 23, (team Accelerate Inov-8) who finished 2nd in the English Fell Running Championships.

Sunday takes on a more family orientated day with runs and sessions for the whole family to enjoy. The day will close with a talk given by local female runners including Sheffield-based Margo Duncan, who has represented Great Britain within age group Triathlon; Gay Fletcher who set the hugely successful and highly commended ladies running group StrideOut; plus Laura Inglis who has become a successful running coach.

Throughout the weekend there will be a variety of trail running shoes from Inov-8, Saucony and Scott Running for participants to try at any of the sessions for a spin around the woods.

The cost of a BIG Running Weekend Pass is £10 and like any good festival participants can attend as much or as little of the activities as they wish.

The full timetable and entry details are available at www.bigrunningweekend.co.uk

 

Also part of the weekend is the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF), with dedicated screenings of running films. 

The best running films from the past year have been curated into two programmes and will be shown all weekend so there's no excuse for missing out!

Run Films 1 features:

Why I Run

Every month I visit the Lake District to spend a day running in the hills. It’s good for the body, good for the head, good for the soul. I film the run and chat to myself about whatever feels important that day. This month: why I run (and why I think you should do too…).

Eoin Keith : Ultra Runner

In April 2017 Ultra Runner Eoin Keith attempted to break the fastest time record of running the length of Ireland. This is his journey.

Feel The Burn

In a place that has a reputation for decadence and discomfort, a little known ultra marathon is attracting hundreds of runners to experience its one of a kind environment of art, music, and nature.

Kilian

Kilian Jornet is considered the greatest mountain runner ever. But he doesn't consider himself a runner. Join Kilian in his new backyard in Norway as he attempts to ski and run in a single day the Seven Summits of Romsdalen, a 77km route with 9000m of elevation gain.

Trailpike

How would you mark your 60th year? Runner Geoff Cox chose to attempt three named Lake District fell running rounds, this is a record of that time.

Breaking 60 | Challenging the Imposible

Breaking 60 is a documentary about the 2017 Hong Kong Four Trails Ultra Challenge, a fat‐ass trail running event where runners attempt to run all four of Hong Kong’s ultra trails ‐ totalling 298km ‐ non stop, unsupported and in less than 60 hours.

 

Run Films 2:

Into Patagonia

American Alpine Runner, Dakota Jones, journeys to Northern Patagonia.

Summit To Sea

Conquering an intense fear of water through a Swim Run adventure.

Mind Behind The Marathons

On April 1st 2017 Peter Thompson embarked on the challenge of running a marathon within every country in Europe in consecutive days. This is his story...

Remi

A quirky profile on Remi Bonnet, one of the rising stars on the international trail running scene.

Mile 19

You can either run from the past, or run to get through it.

Conquering The Dragon

Follow the highs and lows of five participants as they set out to conquer The Dragon.

 

For the latest festival announcements, tickets and information visit

 www.shaff.co.uk