Chasing The Dragon, a film that charts the 2012 revival of the legendary 320k/17,000m ascent race along the mountainous spine of Wales, has scooped three prizes at this year's Sheffield Adventure Film Festival. Produced by Rich Head, the Dragon's Back received the accolade of best running film, and took silver and bronze in the best feature film and best film categories respectively.
Due to premiere this weekend at the Sheffield event, the first screening of the film is already sold out, with organisers moving screens twice to keep up with demand. Following the premiere, there will be a Q&A with 1992 race winner Helene Whitaker, 2012 winner Steve Birkinshaw and race director Shane Ohly. For those unable to get tickets for Saturday, the film will also be screened on Sunday evening.
Festival judge Claire Maxted commented: "Having been at the Dragon's Back Race™ 2012 myself reporting for Trail Running magazine, I can see why the film has scooped three awards at ShAFF. Watching, you feel like you are part of this race, and interviews with both elite and regular racers gives you a unique insight into the hardships they are willing, or not willing, to endure."
Second place in the run film category went to Collective Dreams, which looks at how Kilian Jornet and Anna Frost from Team Salomon are shaping the highly individual discipline of endurance running into a team sport.
More information on screenings at the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival and ticket availability can be found on the event website.