1 Jun

Hawker To Headline Buxton Festival

Endurance Athlete Lizzy Hawker To Appear At Buxton Adventure Festival

Endurance athlete Lizzy Hawker will be the main speaker at the Buxton Adventure Festival on Wednesday 7 June. She will be supported by Olly Stephenson, who has an impressive endurance CV of his own. 

Hawker is a five-time winner of the Ultra Trail Mont Blanc (UTMB), world record holder for 24 hours road running and the IAU 100km World Champion. She set a new world record for running 199 miles between Everest South Base Camp and Kathmandu and won at the 153-mile Spartathlon. 
She will talk about her 1,000-mile intrepid journey across the Himalayas and the challenges she faced. Lizzy will also talk about what drives her to undertake these extreme events and how lessons learned from these could be applied to our everyday lives.  
Olly Stephenson has a love of the outdoors and desire to push himself beyond his limits that inspire others. He describes himself as an ‘ordinary bloke’ and fits his adventures around a full-time job, demonstrating a high level of commitment and dedication to his passion. 
Olly has completed several long distance runs in the UK and overseas, climbed on six continents and ridden a tandem across America on his honeymoon. He will talk about his participation in the 300km La Petite Trotte à Léon, one of the longest and toughest trail races in Europe, with 25,000m elevation.
Their appearance is a coup for director Matt Heason who acknowledged this, saying: “We’re very excited to bring Lizzy to the Buxton Adventure Festival; she is one of Britain’s greatest ultra marathon runners. We’re also delighted to have Olly talking about finding the time, motivation and psyche to go on amazing adventures whilst holding down a full-time job.”
Tickets are available online from the Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton. 
Photo courtesy Sam Schofield