Ultrarunner Jasmin Paris in demand at Fort Mountain Festival

Want to read more?

We value our content  and access to our full site is  only available on subscription. Your subscription entitles you to 7-day-a-week access to our website, plus a full digital copy of that week’s paper to read on your pc/mac or mobile device In addition your subscription includes access to digital archive copies from 2006 onwards

Already a subscriber?


Subscribe Now

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.