17 Mar

Run Forever Gets Top Gong At Film Festival

Nicky Spinks

Run Forever, the story of Nicky Spinks, who, at the age of 49, made fell running history by becoming the fastest person to run a Double Bob Graham Round, has received the award of best running film at the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShaFF). 

In May 2016, Nicky headed to Keswick to tackle the notoriously challenging route, which includes around 54,000ft of ascent. Nicky completed the 132 miles in 45 hours and 30 minutes, an hour quicker than the previous record set in 1979 by Roger Baumeister, who was there in person to support her during her attempt. Nicky, a farmer from Yorkshire, became only the second person after Roger, and first woman, to go sub-48 hours. 

Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, Nicky underwent treatment and has since set multiple fell and ultra running records across the UK and placed high in some of Europe’s toughest races, including the Ultra Tour Mont Blanc, the Dragon’s Back Race and the 10 Peaks Extreme.

One of the judges, Claire Maxted, commented on the film: “What an incredible story -Nicky Spinks, former triple UK-mountain round record holder, had breast cancer 10 years ago and last year tackled a DOUBLE Bob Graham Round! Fantastic film, lots of great shots and a brilliant, brilliant story.”

The ShaFF award comes after Run Forever film premiered at the Kendal Mountain Festival in November to much fanfare, the film won the Judge’s Special Prize. You can view the full film here.