Nicky steps into the limelight

Nicky Spinks
Nicky Spinks

Record-breaking High Peak fell runner, Nicky Spinks, will be introducing Scottish mountain marathon creator Charlie Ramsay at the Buxton Adventure Festival.

And ahead of her appearance at the Pavilion Arts Centre on Sunday October 12, Nicky talked to the Advertiser about breaking the female record for the 24-hour challenge in May, running the route’s 24 Munros - a distance of 56 miles with 28,500 feet of climbing.

I grew up in Glossop and did quite a bit of running around on the farm to fetch the horses in and on the moors. I also ran for the school, but not a lot as I wasn’t really encouraged.

Then I didn’t run at all until 2001 when I did the Leeds Abbey Dash 10k with a friend which got me into road running.

I met a lot of Penistone runners doing a little four mile, 500 foot climb race there and decided I wanted to run off-road and over the years I’ve concentrated on the fell and long distance running.

I did the Ramsay in 2008 and completed it in 22 and a half hours but I never considered that I’d be good enough or fast enough to do the actual record which at the time was 20 hours and 24 minutes.

But I’ve got a lot faster over the years so this May I went up and did all the recces and training.

It was perfect weather, and although my stomach played up quite a lot and I was sick a few times, I managed to keep my legs going fast enough to break the record!

I got round in 19 hours and 39 minutes, so I was really pleased with that.

Charlie and I have become good friends. He’s a great character and it will be lovely to meet up with him again and hear him talk about achieving his dream of setting the original record for the run in under 24 hours back in 1978 and seeing all his photos.

• Book tickets to see Charlie’s talk at 4pm on Sunday October 12 at the Pavilion Arts Centre via Buxton Opera House on 0845 127 2190 or online at www.buxtonadven turefestival.co.uk/buy-tickets.