This year’s Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (SHAFF) has some great films to inspire anyone interested in Ultra Running.
Ramsay’s Round tells the story of American runner Alicia Hudelson as she attempts to become one of the few female runners to complete the 56 mile, 28,000 ft challenge in under 24 hours. Charlie Ramsay who dreamed up the challenge and was first to complete it explains what the “Round” entails and the low key approach to the challenge shows that Ultra running isn’t just about busy races with expensive entry fees. The stunning scenery of the Scottish mountains simply adds to appeal of the Ramsay Round and might just inspire you to have a go.
Ar Gefn y Ddraig (Riding the Dragon) follows Welsh runner Huw Jack Brassington during his attempt to complete the Berghaus Dragon’s Back race, an epic 5 day 315km journey through the Welsh Mountains. The event which sees runners ascend twice the height of Everest is arguably one of the hardest mountain races in the world, and Huw had never raced further than a marathon before! The film follows him during the five days as he descends into a world of fatigue and pain. Spoken in Welsh (with English subtitles) it is clear to see the passion and almost madness that possessed him to push himself to his limits. It’s painful to watch and probably won’t inspire you to enter the next race but is fascinating viewing!
Full details of the SHAFF programme here https://shaff.co.uk/screenings