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Ribbon cutting with Iwan Thomas, Roger Black, and Jo Pavey!
Welcome from our hosts
The National Running Show 2019 Opening Address with Susie Chan and Ben Smith
An inspiring insight of one man’s quest to help children affected by conflict by running through war torn countries - A former British soldier headed back to Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan to deal with some of his own personal challenges - Learn about how running transpired to be the best medicine for this injured Army veteran that was also diagnosed with epilepsy, severe depression and contracted dengue fever on the Horn of Africa.
Going the distance; Putting mind to matter
Join Jo as she shares her story of the drive for success time after time regardless of the distance set out in front of her. This inspiring talk will share insights on how no matter what obstacle or goal lies ahead anything can be possible.
Sprinting towards the dream
Sharing the success of Roger’s running career and delving into how hard work pays off allowing you to meet your full potential race after race.
Science Vs. Reality
We have the science that recommends how we fuel when running for optimal performance but does science match reality? I am going to talk about what the current science says and also how can we translate that realities of racing (if at all) I am going to give you strategies you can implement to plan your race nutrition and also train yourself to tolerate fuelling better when running. I am going to talk to you about how a sports dietitian fuels her ultras (not as successful as you would think) and what to do in a race if your plan goes wrong!
From non-believe to achieve
My journey from being told I had talent to realising my potential - the highs and lows.
Getting the very best out of yourself
Mara Yamauchi, the UK's second-fastest female marathon runner ever, will talk about how to get the basics of running right. There is no magic recipe for improving and running well. And these days runners are inundated with information, tips and guidance that promise the holy grail. But if you don't optimise the key fundamentals - your training routine, rest and sleep, nutrition, and injury-prevention - you won't get the best from yourself. Mara will speak about focusing on the key basics and being clear about what you are trying to achieve.
Panel: Preparation is key
Preparation is important whether that be a training plan for your next race or ensuring you are fuelling your body with the right foods. Join this panel to learn more about how, with the right nutrition and training in place you can get the most out of your runs.
Running Africa Coast to Coast 4000km
Brendan took up running in 2006 after a New Years Bet to Run a half marathon, with no running experience, Brendan would train in the mornings when it was dark so no one could see him because he was conscious of his weight. He went on to complete his 1st half marathon in 1 hr 24.Brendan will touch on Battling with weight and how he transformed his life through running.This summer Brendan has just completed an epic 4000km Run Across Africa, he will be sharing an insight to Running across Africa, battling with extreme heat, illness, wild animals but it was resilience, determination and the kindness of strangers that would see him successfully run in to the Indian Ocean.
Don't be afraid of a DNF (Did Not Finish)
Use it like a pro, learn from failure, bounce back stronger.
Get up and Run
Why we run. Well why Vassos runs anyway. Part escape, part self-discovery, part therapy, part fitness... Part simple childlike joy of running when you could be walking. Vassos shares the highs and lows of falling in love with running, from his first paltry efforts to reach the end of his street to completing the oldest and toughest race on earth - the historic 153-mile Spartathlon.
Running The World 196
The journey so far - leaving my life behind to do what’s never been done. 675 days to run a marathon in every country in the world. 196 countries, 196 marathon - a new country every 3 days. The aim: to raise £250,000 for Prostate Cancer UK in support of my terminally ill friend Kev and to hopefully come away with a handful of world firsts and official Guineas world records. Only another 300 days to go!
Begin with the end in mind
On a mission to become the first person in the world to run 1000 official marathon races averaging under 3½ hours Steve draws upon the experience of his 850+ marathons journey so far to cover some of the important aspects of how to achieve your running ambitions, how to keep going not only physically but also mentally, setting goals, staying motivated and how to turn negatives into positives when things don’t always go to plan.
Grand Opening (Day 2)
Our Grand Opening on day 2 with Paula Radcliffe!
Welcome from our hosts
Welcome to second day of The National Running Show 2019!
Paula is widely regarded as the greatest female distance runner of all time, achieving an astonishing world record of 2hrs 15mins 25secs in the 2003 London Marathon. Overcoming setbacks, injuries and asthma along the way, her perseverance has been rewarded with 5,000m Commonwealth, 10,000m European and World Cross Country and World Championship Marathon titles.A former 'BBC Sports Personality of the Year', Paula ran her last London Marathon in 2015 and received the 'London Marathon Lifetime Achievement Award' from Prince Harry. A fitting finale to an outstanding athletic career that saw three of the fastest marathon times in history belong to her.
Chasing Extraordinary by a famously un-famous ‘Extraordinary’ chaser
How a little known, and quite average runner like myself can do extraordinary running adventures and how I use these adventures to encourage and inspire others to believe in themselves, to push the boundaries of their own personal levels and determine their own ‘extraordinary’.
The International Marathon Man of Mystery
London, New York, Berlin ... we're obsessed with running the Marathon Majors, but why? They are the biggest, but does it mean they're the best? David Hellard brings to you the joy of running smaller marathons from across the globe, some you probably haven't heard of, and some you won't believe actually exist! Tales from Afghanistan to Somaliland, of coming last having been distracted by 18 beer stops, to having to outrun a pack of dogs to victory. David takes you through the highlights of being an International Man of Mystery!
Becoming Forrest - Completing Running's 'Everest'
Rob Pope will detail his epic journey running across the USA 5 times. Why he did it, what motivated him to embark on such an adventure and he will discuss some of the key challenges he faced embarking on such a challenge. Facing extremes of weather, financial hardship and a good amount of pressure, find out his coping mechanisms and strategy for success.
Running circles around cancer
Running circles around cancer, why I ran to all my chemotherapy sessions, how running helped me hold onto my identity and get myself back afterwards, and what life is like with a post-cancer body.
Panel: Mind over Matter
Delve into how to conquer the challenges that lie ahead and avoid hitting the dreaded wall, our panellists will share how mentality is just as important as getting in the miles ahead of your run.
The mystical art of moving slowly. Importance of discomfort. Adopting the right mentality. Learning from failure.
Old Man in the Chair
When you’re 80 years old and sat in a rocking chair stroking a cat or micro pig – how would you like to look back on your life? This is the question that inspirational speaker and adventure athlete Huw Jack Brassington explores in his unfiltered talk, Old Man in the Chair. Filled with funny anecdotes and light-hearted stories, Huw shares the secrets to his racing triumphs and catastrophes while explaining how he uses his engineering background to conquer some of the hardest challenges in the world. Huw has competed at a high level in numerous sports, from ultramarathons, rugby to triathlons, so everything he says is based on hard earned experience. Above all, Huw’s self-deprecating humour and go-for-gold attitude aims to leave people feeling inspired to back themselves, to take their chances and in so doing become the best they can be. “We’re only here once, so fear of failure is a luxury we can’t afford. I have a knack for making all the stupid mistakes, but who cares! When I’m 80 years old, I want to be content in the fact that I’ve left nothing out on the pitch – no unanswered questions.”
Fuel Your Run
Anita will be answering lots of commonly asked questions about running nutrition. Find out what to eat before, during and after your run to maximise your performance, how to speed recovery plus invaluable guidance on hydration, supplements and race preparation.
Punk, Running, Medals and Beer
A glorious journey from despair to Endurance runner. Allie talks about how mental health and endurance running go hand in hand, how to train for ultras and still be a normal human being, and her recent adventures in Mongolia, Namibia and Panama.
Fireside Chat: Moving Matters
Special Announcement - Don't miss!
Stick around the Main Stage for an extra special announcement!