Ultrarunner Jasmin Paris in demand at Fort Mountain Festival

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Organisers of The Fort William Mountain Festival 2019 say the venue for the Running Night, featuring record breaking ultrarunners Jasmin Paris and Nicky Spinks, has been moved to the 400-seat main theatre at the town’s Nevis Centre to cope with the high demand for tickets.

The event is scheduled for Friday, February 22. It was last month that 35-year-old Paris, a vet and ultrarunner from Midlothian, smashed the 268-mile Montane Spine Race – a route that traverses the full Pennine Way from Derbyshire to the Scottish Borders – in just 83 hours, 12 minutes and 23 seconds.

Paris beat the existing record by a blistering 12 hours and was the first woman to win the race outright. All this and Paris also had to juggle breastfeeding her 14-month old daughter throughout the race.

‘Ever since Jasmin’s incredible achievement we have been inundated with running enthusiasts from Lochaber and further afield desperate to get their hands on a ticket to hear her speak about the Montane Spine Race and her other incredible ultrarunning feats,’ said a festival spokesperson this week.

‘In order to cope with the demand, we have moved the event to the bigger 400-seat main theatre.’

Paris, a national fell running champion and the Bob Graham Round and the Ramsay Round record holder, will be joined by fellow endurance runner Nicky Spinks.

Spinks, 51, was the first-ever person to complete a Double Bob Graham round, running 116 miles and summiting 48 peaks, a total ascent is 28,500ft, in the Scottish mountains in a time of 55 hours and 56 minutes – all this in celebration of her 10-year cancer survival.

At the Nevis Centre event, Paris will share her love of the mountains, and the challenges of staying fit whilst juggling caring for a young baby and working full time as a veterinary scientist.

Spinks will talk about all her many extreme challenges, how she stays fit and trains for them.

The lectures from David Hetherington – The Lynx and Us; and Peter Cairns – Scotland: The Big Picture, previously programmed in the main theatre on February 22, will now be staged in the Nevis Centre’s Studio Theatre at the same time.