World champion endurance runner to talk at Buxton event

World leading endurance runner Lizzy Hawker is to deliver a talk at the Buxton Adventure Festival on June 7.
World leading endurance runner Lizzy Hawker is to deliver a talk at the Buxton Adventure Festival on June 7.

One of the world’s leading endurance athletes will be in Buxton next month to give a talk on how she reached the pinnacle of her sport.

Lizzy Hawker will headline the Buxton Adventure Festival on Wednesday, June 7.

The former 100-kilometre world champion, five-time winner of the Ultra Tour Du Mont Blanc and world recorder holder for 24-hour road running will be talking about her attempt to run 1000 miles across the Nepal Himalaya.

Festival director Matt Heason said: “We’re very excited to bring Lizzy to the Buxton Adventure Festival. She is one of Britain’s greatest ultra marathon runners.

“Any keen runner with an interest in endurance events will have heard her name – as a multiple world record breaker and winner of some of the greatest endurance events on the planet.”

Lizzy will be discussing her achievements, the challenges she has faced along the way and the lessons learned that can help everyone overcome adversity to achieve success.

She will be joined on stage by Olly Stephenson, who has climbed on six continents, ridden a tandem bike across the USA for his honeymoon and completed epic in the UK, Europe and America.

Matt said: ”We’re delighted to have Olly talking about finding the time, motivation and psyche to go on amazing adventures while holding down a full-time job.

“Olly is an endurance athlete but refers to himself as an ordinary bloke with a passion for the outdoors.”

Olly’s talk will cover his run in the 2016 edition of La Petite Trotte a Leon, one of the longest, toughest and most beautiful trail races in Europe.

The event is being held at Buxton Opera House, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £12.50/£17.50 via 01298 72190 or www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.