Fascinating talks and discussions on running, fitness and wellbeing to inspire every member of the family.

Ben Smith

On the 1st September 2015 Ben began one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of his life, he ran 401 marathons in 401 days all around the UK visiting 309 different locations on the UK Mainland. Ben aimed to raise £250,000 for the two amazing charities, Kidscape and Stonewall, who are dedicated to tackling bullying in our society. The two charities support award winning initiatives to get to the heart of bullying in schools and society in all its forms.  Ben ran a total of 10.506.2 miles, which is the same distance from London to Sydney, and at the end of the challenge on the 5th October 2016 Ben had raised in excess of £315,000 through generous donations by individuals and businesses all over the world. 

Chrissie Wellington

Chrissie Wellington is an iconic figure in the history of triathlon. A four-time World Ironman Champion, she holds the current world record for the Ironman distance, a race that is widely considered to be one of the most challenging one-day events in world sport (it comprises a 2.4 mile swim followed by a 112 mile cycle and then a marathon). Over her professional career Chrissie remained undefeated at Ironman distance races.

Christine Ohuruogu

Christine Ohuruogu MBE is Britain’s most successful female athlete ever. She was Olympic Champion, two times World Champion and Commonwealth Champion in the 400m. She won a total of 17 major medals in her athletics career including four Olympic Games medals and 10 World Championships medals. In 2013 she was awarded the SKY Sports and Sunday Times British Sportswoman of the Year; Cosmopolitan magazine Ultimate Sportsperson of the Year and was shortlisted three times for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Christine has a degree in Linguistics from University College London and is in the final year of a law degree. Prior to her athletics career she played netball for England at U17 and U19 levels.

Claire Maxted

Claire Maxted is the co-founder and former editor of Trail Running magazine, and she now runs a YouTube channel called Wild Ginger Running, packed full of advice, gear tests and inspiration for trail and ultra runners of any ability, shape or size. Claire is on a mission to get everyone off the pavements and into country parks, canal paths, hills and mountains for more adventurous running that not only keeps you physically fit, but also boosts your mental health too. If you'd like to get into trail running, this film will get you started. Come and see Claire in the talks tent and on the night run for more inspiration and advice!

Colin Jackson

Great Britain’s Legendary Hurdler, Multiple Gold Medallist, World Record Holder & Broadcaster. Without doubt one of the finest and most loved athletes Great Britain has ever produced. Colin continues to be a fixture on our TV screens, long after retiring from athletics after numerous records and multiple world titles. Colin has seamlessly made the transition into broadcasting, most notably as an integral part of BBC Athletics, covering every major event since the Athens Olympics in 2004.

Dale Pinnock - The Medicinal Chef 

Dale Pinnock is a Sunday Times Best Selling Author of 14 books that are now in 19 languages in 22 countries. With over 25 years in the industry, Dale is a chef with a degree in Human Nutrition, and a Post Graduate Degree in Nutritional Medicine from the University of Surrey. 

With a passion to educate the public as to the power, importance and application of diet and nutrition, his work has led him to become a regular in the UK media. He has been a regular face on shows such as This Morning, Lorraine, The Alan Titchmarsh Show, The Saturday Show, Irelands ‘Today and Ireland Am, and numerous others. He now co presents the prime time show on ITV ‘Eat Shop Save’ attracting weekly audiences averaging 3 million. 

Danny Bent

Danny is someone who has made it his lifelong ambition to unite humanity across all borders, religions and nationalities.                 
Danny has cycled 9,000 miles from London to India, Pogo'd across Togo, is the world record holder of Bog Snorkelling Triathlon, competed for Team GB in Triathlon and was voted one of the 100 happiest people in UK. 

He founded, Project Awesome, a radically inclusive and colourful free fitness movement, organised a 3,300 mile running relay across the US to show support after the Boston Marathon Bombings and most recently broke the Guinness World Record for the longest continuous running relay to break down gang culture in London. 

Expect energy, passion and emotion and stories that might just change the way you live your life. 

Faisal Abdalla

Thanks to his infectious motivational and positive energy, he ensures that clients leave his training studios buzzing and his endless enthusiasm has earned him the title 'Mr PMA' among clients.

This 'Positive Mental Attitude' is the mantra he applies to absolutely everything in life & something he believes in passionately as the key to successful training. In 2018 he published his first book - “The PMA Method” - promoting his dynamic programme for a healthier, happier you in only 14 days. 

Faisal is a hit with the media & has featured in publications such as the Telegraph, Men's Health, Cosmopolitan and Women's Health. He also makes regular appearances on ITV, including shows such as This Morning & Loose Women.

 

Fearne Cotton

Fearne’s career started on ITV’s Disney Club aged 15 and since then she has presented a variety of shows, including Children in Need Rocks, The BBC Music Awards, Top of the Pops, Fearne and…., 20 series of ITV2’s Celebrity Juice and the new Netflix and BBC2 interiors show Interior Design Masters due to air summer of 2019.

Fearne has published multiple cookbooks, Cook Happy, Cook Healthy and Cook Eat Love. Her Sunday Times Best Selling book Happy, released in 2017 was the first in a series of books talking about her own, and some of the not so positive, experiences with happiness. This is the premise for her podcast series Happy Place which draws on her own experiences and shares advice from experts and her peers on how to work through feeling blue and finding joy each & every day.

 

Fiona Oakes 

Fiona Oakes started marathon running simply to keep fit and promote her vegan lifestyle as an accessible and viable option for all. Fiona has competed in extreme 'adventure' marathons and currently holds 4 Guinness World Records such as being the fastest woman to run a marathon on every continent. She has competed in the Triple 7 Quest - 7 marathons on 7 Continents on 7 consecutive days and has a 3 times completion record for the notorious Marathon Des Sables, which she is about to compete in again this year. 

Fiona suffered from severe orthopaedic problems, eventually having her knee cap removed and being told she would never walk properly, let alone run again. 

 

Frances Quin

Frances Quinn is a creative master in the kitchen and the winner of The Great British Bake Off 2013. Since her crowning glory on the popular TV show, Frances has continued to make baking an art form, creating stunning, inventive and unforgettable bakes, including shortbread piano chords for Jools Holland, Florentines for Florence and the Machine and a giant CLUB biscuit for Bombay Bicycle Club. Frances is also a keen runner and in 2018, was the fastest female celebrity runner to finish the London marathon on record. Frances is very much looking forward to sharing her inspirational approach to running, food and playlists at this years first RunFestRun.

Ian Haste

Jo Pavey

Jo Pavey MBE is a World, European and Commonwealth medallist. In 2014 Jo became the oldest European champion in history when at forty years old she won the 10,000 metres gold medal in Zurich. Jo is Britain’s only runner to have competed in five Olympic Games and Britain’s oldest ever track runner to have competed in an Olympics. Jo’s book, ‘This Mum Runs’, was shortlisted for the Cross Sports National Book Awards - autobiography of the year.

Lisa Jackson

Lisa Jackson, the author of the best-sellers Running Made Easy and Your Pace or Mine? What Running Taught Me About Life, Laughter and Coming Last, is a surprising cheerleader for the joys of running. Formerly a committed fitness-phobe, she became a marathon runner at 31 and, more astonishingly, ran her first 56-mile ultramarathon aged 41. Unlike many runners, Lisa’s not afraid to finish last – in fact, she’s done so in 25 of the 110 marathons and ultras she’s completed so far. A regular contributor to Women's Running magazine and other publications, the self-styled 'World's Slowest Marathon Correspondent' has reported on marathons in 22 countries - while always wearing fancy dress!

Max Evans

Max Evans, cousin to Chris Evans, is a Former International Rugby Player receiving 44 caps for Scotland. He was a finalist on the ITV’s Dancing On Ice in 2018. 

Max is also a PGA Golf Professional & Padel Tennis Coach. He’s a total Sports & Wellness fanatic who is always trying to help people be more active.
Max can’t wait to team up with his brother Thom and enjoy the RunFestRun Party!

Melissa Hemsley

Melissa Hemsley is a cook, writer and champion of sustainable, nourishing food.
In January 2018, Melissa’s first solo book, ‘Eat Happy’ was published to great critical acclaim – a celebration of fuss-free, feel-good food and packed with simple yet nutritious recipes, all made in under-30 minutes.

Melissa’s focus is now, more than ever, on sustainability. She is passionate about the importance of creating extraordinary food that is sourced from suppliers that care – both about the environment and the community; about the ground from which their food is derived, and the people to which it is served.

Mimi Anderson

Mimi Anderson is one of the world’s most inspirational female distance runners having made an incredible journey from stay-at-home mother of three to multiple Guinness World Record Holder. With hard work and determination Mimi has shown that it’s never too late to fulfil your dreams and achieve the impossible.

Mimi is an endurance athlete who found her love of running at the age of 36 very quickly discovering her ability to run silly distances by taking the Marathon des Sables in 2001 a race billed as “the toughest footrace on earth” with just over a year’s running under her belt.

Paula Radcliffe

Paula is a three-time winner of the London Marathon (2002, 2003, 2005), three-time New York Marathon champion (2004, 2007, 2008), and 2002 Chicago Marathon winner. She is the fastest female marathoner of all time holding the Women’s World Marathon Record in a time of 2:15:25 since 2003. Since retiring from competitive marathon racing Paula now commentates on athletics for the BBC.

Rachel Cullen 

Rachel Ann Cullen is a writer, mother, author and runner. She is also a reformed ex-commercial litigation solicitor. Throughout her life, Rachel followed a simple yet effective route straight to mental health misery. Suffering from bipolar disorder and depression, but constantly hungry for ‘normality’ at any price, Rachel settled for failing relationships, the wrong careers and a reliance on Blue Nun and Soreen to get her through each day. 

Running For My Life is Rachel’s debut book, detailing her very personal journey from bipolar non-runner to medal-winning marathon runner discovering happiness along the way. Interspersed with Rachel’s real diary entries, from overweight teenager to London Marathon finisher (just months after giving birth), Running For My Life will make you question whether you really can outrun your demons.

Rory Coleman 

1000 marathons and 25 years on from a ‘New Years Resolution’ made to clean up his life, Rory Coleman has really earned the name 'Marathon Man’. On January 5th 1994, the 40-a-day smoker and hardened drinker managed to run just 100 metres. Far from being disheartened, he felt ecstatic as he’d found a way to clean up his act and live the rest of his life to the full… nicotine and alcohol free.

Shakira Akabusi

Shakira Akabusi, founder of StrongLikeMum is a pre and postnatal fitness expert, athlete, speaker and Adidas run coach. Launching the StrongLikeMum campaign 3 years ago, Shakira is passionate about shattering the stereotype around ‘Mum’ and empowering women to embrace their bodies throughout motherhood. As a mum of two Shakira offers a unique insight into how to balance fitness with parenting and work-life. Inspiring people to use their a connection with sports to help tailor other areas of their lives. Shakira promotes whole body wellness including physical and mental wellbeing. Encouraging women to believe they truly can be StrongLikeMum. 

Steve Cram

In a career spanning over three decades, Steve Cram’s many achievements include World, European and multiple Commonwealth Games titles over 1500m and 800m. In 1985, Steve broke 3 world records in the 1500m, 2000m and Mile, all within 19 days; the latter lasting almost nine years. Following retirement on the track he became the voice of athletics on the BBC following the retirement of David Coleman in 2000. 

Thom Evans

Thom is a former Scottish International Rugby player who started playing Rugby at school and played for England at Under 16, 18 and 21 levels. After school he played for the London Wasps and in 2006 he moved to the Glasgow Warriors, where he still holds the record for the most tries scored. In 2007, Thom played for Scotland in the Rugby 7’s team, making his debut for Scotland in the Rugby Union team the following year. Then disaster struck; whilst playing against Wales in the 2010 Six Nations, he suffered a severe neck injury when colliding with another player. After four months of rehabilitation, sadly Thom was advised to retire from Rugby. Now, Thom is a commercial model and TV personality.

Vassos Alexander

Vassos Alexander is one of the best known sports presenters in the UK. He’s heard by millions every morning as part of the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Virgin Radio. He’s covered seven Olympic Games and commentated on everything from tennis to triathlon, diving to darts... He’s also the author of two bestselling books on running, Don’t Stop Me Now and Running Up That Hill (both published by Bloomsbury). 

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