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

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 held the title of fastest female marathoner for 16 years, setting the longstanding unbeaten Women’s World Marathon Record time of 2:15:25 from 2003 until 2019. Since retiring from competitive marathon racing Paula now commentates on athletics for the BBC.

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.

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. 

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). 

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.

Graham Bell

Graham Bell is a British Olympic skier, TV presenter, adventurer and journalist who continues to be regarded as one of the finest downhill skiers the UK has ever produced, claiming the title of the Ski Champion of Britain on eight occasions during his illustrious career. The five time Olympian, sporting enthusiast and television personality has remained at the forefront of British sport, commentating on the Winter Olympics, fronting the popular and iconic BBC primetime series ‘Ski Sunday’ and working with a range of organisations and events to support the development of both winter sports and summer sports, including sailing, triathlon events and cycling.

Dan Keeley

Dan Keeley is one of the UK's leading mental health activists on a mission to empower the UK to speak up when we’re suffering. In 2017, after a 5 year battle with bipolar disorder, Dan ran 1250 miles in 65 days (solo & self-supported) from the Colosseum in Rome back to the London Eye as a massive platform to share his story on a national scale - raising over £17,000 for The Campaign Against Living Miserably and playing his part to inspire hundreds of others to speak up when they're suffering.

Sophie Raworth

You might recognise Sophie Raworth from the news, but off screen, Sophie is an avid runner. Between her presenting duties and raising three children, Sophie has completed five marathons and is an acclaimed long distance addict. 

Catch Sophie in conversation with Susie Chan, where they'll be discussing ultra marathons and their mission to be faster. 

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. 

Running Commentary

Comedians Paul Tonkinson and Rob Deering talk about life and comedy - but mainly running. Whilst running.

The top-class comedians and runners will be bringing a live edition of Running Commentary to RunFestRun 2020, joining our runners out on the historic routes and documenting the weekend. We can't wait!

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.

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