Speakers’ Evening on Friday 27th July

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.

We haven’t yet confirmed this year’s speakers but last year’s will give you a flavour. Entry is included if you’ve booked camping or subject to a small charge if you haven’t.

Last year’s speaker’s evening:

Ceri Rees 

Ceri will take time out from race director’s duties to revisit his lifelong lesson of living with his hero and godfather of Kenyan distance running, Kipchoge Keino.

As an 18-year-old, Ceri has worked and lived at Kipchoge’s orphanage in Kenya. He will tell stories about hanging out with and learning from the master, who is in the Hall of Fame for his services to humanity through sport and to whom running was just an incidental part of his life. One such story, involves sleeping in on the day of the Olympic 1500m final, having already run the 5,000m and 10,000, with gallstones! Getting stuck in traffic and running two miles through the jams, in sweltering Mexican heat to arrive at the stadium 20 minutes before his race. We went on to win by the largest ever margin in a men’s 1500 meters final, beating the ‘unbeatable’ Jim Ryan, who still made all the headlines.

Joe Kelly 

Joe Kelly is a performance and fitness coach with the focus on movement and core fitness. He and Ceri have worked together on several camps and running initiatives and Joe’s techniques have helped Ceri’s ageing body to get to the start line on several occasions!

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.

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 had a go at breaking the South West Coastpath record – all 630 miles of it, raising, money for our own beneficiary Devon Air Ambulance along the way.

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.

Mike Otto 

Mike Otto is a chartered physiotherapist. He first developed an interest in treating runners when he developed knee pain whilst training for the London Marathon. He found that the standard physio approach only had short term benefits so became interested in how different postures and movement patterns are related to various running injuries.

Using a holistic approach and current research, this has developed into a physio technique tailored for runners that allows you to treat yourself as you run. Mike will discuss breathing, posture and how to apply this invaluable tool kits to running in a mindful way.

The Speakers’ Evenings are included in your race entry. For non-runners, tickets can also be booked separately. One ticket will gain you entrance to both Speakers’ Evenings.