The world of ultras, off-road running and adventure racing will be given centre stage next month when the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival showcases the top four running films of the past year. Taking place over the weekend of 1- 3 March, Sheffield's art deco cinema will showcase the premiere of 'The Dragon's Back', which charts the 2012 revival of the legendary 320k/17,000m ascent race along the mountainous spine of Wales.
Following the premiere of the Dragon's Back, there will be a Q&A with 1992 race winner Helene Whitaker, 2012 winner Steve Birkinshaw and race director Shane Ohly. Other highlights include a screening of 'Collective Dreams' - a look at how Kilian Jornet and Anna Frost from Team Salomon are shaping the highly individual discipline of endurance running into a team sport.
On Sunday, Adrenaline Films provide coverage of the short but incredibly steep 'Red Bull 400', a 400m race up a ski jump with 180m of vertical gain on an average gradient of 45. Later in the afternoon, a running lecture will be given by Bob Graham record holder Nicky Spinks, who will speak about the highs and lows of her 24 hour mountain distance record and her own personal battle in dealing with cancer.
Sheffield Adventure Film Festival director Matt Heason said: "We're delighted to be premiering 'The Dragon's Back' at ShAFF. Running films are going from strength to strength. In years gone by we didn't even show films about running. Now we not only have a special Run screening but last year 'Unbreakable - The Western States 100' was the first running film to ever win the Grand Prize in ShAFF's eight year history."
Check out the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival website for screening times.