Nicky Spinks is a beef farmer from Yorkshire and one of the UK's best fell runners. In 2006, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, turning her world upside down. 'Run Forever' looks at Nicky's inspirational life and her record breaking attempt of a double Bob Graham Round in the Lake District; a 132 mile route, with 54000ft of ascent, that only one person has completed in under 48 hours.
Thanks for this, I also missed it at Kendal. Sorry for my ignorance, but I was just wondering if anyone new the thoughts behind the decision to run to the summit of Yewbarrow in a clockwise direction, and then return to Keswick, before going to the summit of Yewbarrow in the opposite direction and returning please? That is, instead of doing two complete rounds in a clockwise direction.
IIRC when Nicky was asked this at Kendal she said it was to keep her going mentally, in that when she got to half distance she hadn't completed a BG so had to keep going to do anything 'meaningful '. Hopefully I've got that right....
Anyway, really good to be able to see this again so soon. Nothing matched it a Kendal in my humble opinion - the best outdoor film I've seen for a long time.
In reply to UKC/UKH News: Watched it on the big telly last night. Great stuff, truly momentous yet very understated presentation and modesty. The Lakes looked on belting form with some really lovely filming.
I always thought that doing rounds like the BG required speed, but seeing Nicky's great achievement it's obvious that you don't need to be fast. Just lots and lots and lots of endurance, and the ability to keep on eating!
Good weather and quality support also seems to be a significant factor.
> I always thought that doing rounds like the BG required speed, but seeing Nicky's great achievement it's obvious that you don't need to be fast. Just lots and lots and lots of endurance, and the ability to keep on eating!
They do and they don't. While the average MPH etc. required may be modest, much of the movement is quicker than it looks on camera (likewise with films of folk apparently plodding uphill in hill races), and Nicky's much faster than you might think just from watching that.
> Good weather and quality support also seems to be a significant factor.
Of course they help, but it's also possible to run the big rounds with minimal/no support, and the average runner aiming for a standard completion of one simply doesn't need the size and strength of team someone like Nicky will assemble for a record attempt or double.