Top UK hill runner Finlay Wild will be sharing his love of the Cuillin of Skye at the Buxton Adventure Festival in Derbyshire on 12 April. Wild completed a record-breaking sub three-hour traverse of the famous 22-peak ridgeway last year.
The 2015 Hill Running champion will detail his light and fast traverses of Britain’s most alpine terrain and his background as a mountaineer. Finlay has won the gruelling Ben Nevis Hill Race for the last six years in a row, among other top results in many of Scotland’s toughest hill races.
Finlay’s talk, titled Cuillin Calling, will also cover his future plans. He is now dabbling in 'skimo', lightweight ski mountain racing popular in Europe and growing, which he describes as “a perfect blend of hill running fitness with the speed of an all-out racing ski descent – the possibilities are exciting and many.”
He will be joined by Buxton local Aleksander Kashefi-Mofrad, who covered the 1,200 miles between Land’s End to John O’Groats on foot without shoes and in just 42 days. The feat was completed without support, requiring Aleks to carry everything he needed to eat, sleep and run. He will tell his story about the training, endurance, highs and lows, which included tendinitis, horrendous weather conditions, a broken toe, a cold, food poisoning and an unfortunate meeting with a potential French murderer.
Completing the mini-festival line-up, there will be an audio-visual presentation from specialist running photographer James Carnegie and a screening of Miles Away, a short hill-running film from world-renowned mountaineer Dave MacLeod.
Finlay and Aleks will be at the Buxton Adventure Festival at 7:30pm on Tuesday, 12 April 2016. The event takes place at the Buxton Opera House Pavilion Arts Centre in the heart of the Peak District. For more information and to book tickets visit the festival’s website.
Image courtesy Roger Wild