Speakers’ Evening on Friday 2nd August

Our Speakers’ Evenings take place on Friday from 7.30pm to 9pm at St. Raphael’s Chapel. It is an intimate space with terrific acoustics, perfect for talks, discussions and Q&A sessions with our hand picked adventurers, writers and endurance athletes.

The 2018 Speakers Evening line up is below. We’re still confirming our speakers for 2019.

Adam Holland

Adam Holland is perhaps best known for notching up over 300 hundred marathons before the age of 30. He is however also a prolific winner of races at a wide range distances and noted for his powers of recovery. He recently took a comfortable win at the Dartmoor Discovery, one of Britain’s toughest road races at 34 miles and taking in many of Dartmoor’s hardest hills. He was the only runner to break four hours and won by over 11 minutes. However the very next morning he still had enough energy to start & win the Burrator 10K.  And as if that wasn’t enough went on to compete at a track meet in the afternoon!
Adam will need all those powers of recovery when he takes on Lands End to John O’Groats & back in 2019! –https://www.facebook.com/donate/1810386309257015/2079751558719407/

Patrick Devine-Wright 

Patrick is one of those rare beasts: an ultra runner with records and achievements to his name, who you will not find much on social media talking about his achievements. So we convinced him to come to our Speakers’ Evenings and share some of his experiences and lessons learned along the way.

Patrick is a professor of human geography at Exeter University. When he is not found in the lecture theatres, he can be found running on the East Devon coastpath or, occasionally, across Dartmoor.

He took up cross-country running as a schoolboy and for more than three decades he has been enjoying the challenges of trail, mountain and ultra running. Competitive highlights include selection for Ireland to run in the World Mountain Running Championships in 1988; 3rd place in the 2012 Dragon’s Back race (a five day, 200 mile run down the spine of Wales); and setting the fastest times for routes such as the East Devon Way (35 miles) and the East Devon Round (72 miles). He also broke the South West Coastpath record – all 630 miles of it aged 45, raising, money for our own beneficiary Devon Air Ambulance along the way (although his new record didn’t stand for long)

As qualified running coach, practitioner of tai-chi and an advocate of ‘barefoot’ running, Patrick will share the benefits and challenges of barefoot running, which have helped him to discover nature, wellbeing and a sense of place.

Joe Kelly 

Joe Kelly is a performance and fitness coach with the focus on movement and core fitness.

Joe is a master of holistic movement and he borrows from Anatomy in Motion and muscle activation techniques to deliver an always interesting and unique insight in to how we should treat our bodies in rest and play, as adults or children.

At our Speakers’ Evenings, Joe will give insights into his techniques and his work with surfers, parkour athletes, gymnasts and ultra runners.

The Speakers’ Evening is included with your Race Entry. CLICK HERE to see the full itinerary