Nicky Spinks joins line-up at Big Running Weekend

Report by Nik Cook
Wednesday 15th August 2012

The BIG Running Weekend
25th to 27th August 2012, Whirlow Hall Farm, Sheffield. 

Something of a legend in her own lifetime, Nicky Spinks, is the current ladies record holder for the greatest number of Lakeland Fells climbed in a 24-hour time period. Then in July of this year, in less than perfect conditions, she broke the ladies Bob Graham record, running over 74 miles with 42 peaks totalling 28,500 feet of ascent.   Her time of 18-hours and 12-minutes was made all the more difficult as earlier this year she had to have pre-cancerous cells removed from her body.

The BIG Running Weekend is pleased to announce that Nicky will be joining the line up for the 'Runners Talks' on Saturday 25th August, where she will described her running history, a battle with cancer and how she progressed from running 4-miles in 2002 to becoming an Ultra Runner and Mountain Record Holder. 

Nicky, will join Stuart Walker and Darryl Watton as each describes their exploits with 'Extreme Running'

Sheffield resident, Stuart Walker (DPFR), will be speaking about his Big Alps run, having just completed a 1000 mile run over the Alps in 30 days, averaging 35 miles per day. Stuart is just 26 years old and he currently holds the record for running solo across Hadrian’s Wall and is also leading the UK’s Ultra Championship race series (2012).

Darryl Watton, from Sheffield, will explain how he coped with the extreme heat and conditions in the notorious Marathon des Sables – a 151 mile race that takes place over 6 days in the Sahara Desert in which he finished 35th.
Darryl was 1st Vet and 3rd overall in Pony Express, a 2 day 60 mile ultra run; he was also 4th in the Cardiff Ultra (50 miles); 2nd in the South Downs Way (a 3 day 105 mile run).

The evening begins at 7pm and will conclude with an “In Conversation” session when the audience will be invited to ask questions of the speakers. Food and Bar available and entrance to the talk is £5 or free to race entrants. All monies raised will be passed to the Official Charity of the BIG Running Weekend, the Whirlow Hall Trust.

Nicky's Running achievements include course record holder for the Fellsman, twice winner of the Grand Raid Pyrenees and record holder for the Tranter Round.

You can keep up to date with all the latest information on the event website and via Face Book Twitter fans can follow news by searching for #BIGRW


Proceeds from the weekend will be passed to the official charity the Whirlow Hall Farm Trust, who are also hosting the weekend and jointly co-ordinating the activities.  They also benefit from a very large barn which is fully licenced and will be the home of the Running Expo, Running Talks and after race ‘BIG’ party.  For more information: 




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