Special appearances by mountain biking World Champion Tracy Moseley, ultra-triathlete Sean Conway, record-breaking fell runner Nicky Spinks, and Emmy-award-winning adventure cameraman Keith Partridge will be among the many highlights when the third annual Peebles Outdoor Film Festival returns to the Tweed Valley on the weekend of 27-29 January.
The 2017 festival, held at the Eastgate Theatre in Peebles, sees a dazzling line-up of speakers and adventure films scheduled across five specially-themed sessions covering everything from ice diving, mountain biking and surfing to climbing, bikepacking and slack-lining.
In a slight change of format, the programming sees each afternoon and evening session in the main auditorium begin with a selection of breathtaking short films from around the world followed by live presentations from some seriously big names in their sports.
Given the love of all things two-wheeled in the Tweed Valley, an appearance by the much-admired Tracy Moseley (Sat 28 Jan) is exciting news for mountain bikers of all ages. Having recently retired from enduro competition as one of the most successful female riders of all time, Tracy will reflect on her riding career, how the sport has changed during that time, and what she plans to do next.
And for the dozen lucky riders who managed to get tickets, there is also an opportunity to enjoy a ride-out with Tracy earlier in the day, led by local guiding company Swift Trails.
Biking will also be a theme when adventurer and ultra-triathlete Sean Conway takes to the stage for a headline presentation on the opening Friday night (27 Jan). Sean recently completed a self-supported, 4,000+ mile continuous ultra-triathlon circumnavigating the entire coast of mainland Britain – a herculean effort that was the subject of a series on Discovery Channel. Sean will share tales and footage from his latest epic challenge, and explain why he has such a thirst for adventure.
Audiences can expect more inspiration – and probably some perspiration – on Saturday night (28 Jan) when renowned adventure and extreme location cameraman Keith Partridge reveals what it takes to film in some of the world’s most unforgiving locations. Keith’s many expeditions around the globe have seen him push deep into unexplored caves, reach the highest point on earth, hunt with golden eagles in Mongolia, and abseil Venezuela’s Angel Falls.
The big names keep on coming on Sunday (29 Jan) with an appearance by fell running legend, farmer and cancer survivor Nicky Spinks. Having already held records for the toughest UK fell running challenges, this true star of her sport topped them all last year when she became the fastest person to run a Double Bob Graham Round. The 49-year-old marked 10 years post-cancer-diagnosis by running the 132-mile Lake District route, which included around 54,000ft of ascent, in a time of 45 hours and 30 minutes.
Nicky will talk about her remarkable ultra-running story and show Run Forever, a new film about her ‘Double Bob’. Earlier in the day, there’s also an opportunity to join Nicky on an off-road run, led by Moorfoot Runners.
The headline acts are rounded off on Sunday evening by Edinburgh-based bikepacking devotee Markus Stitz, who recently returned from a year-long ride around the world on a singlespeed bike. Markus will talk about his extraordinary bikepacking life and his development of the Capital Trail – an overnight bikepacking adventure from Edinburgh to the Borders and back.
As well as big names from further afield, the festival also features appearances by a host of local heroes – all inspiring figures who can’t wait to share their stories. Between them, Crawford Carrick-Anderson (mountain biking), David Aston (polar exploration), Ed Shoote (bikepacking), Bob Johnson (marathon running), Paul McGreal (adventure racing) and Greg Boswell (climbing) will entertain audiences with tales of adventures from both near and far.
“Last year’s festival was a huge success, but we feel the 2017 programme has stepped up another level again,” said Rich Rowe, a member of the organising team. “As well as an exceptional line up of speakers, we also have a ‘best of the best’ programme of short films that between them have scooped awards at some of the world’s most prestigious adventure film festivals.”
This year’s event is supported by a range of local businesses, including the Eastgate’s award-winning neighbour Osso, which will supply delicious food during the intervals of each evening session. Wild land charity John Muir Trust, which has a property at Glenlude near Traquair, is the overall festival sponsor, while individual sessions are sponsored by Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa, Tontine Hotel, Out & About, Swift Trails, Peebles Physiotherapy and Ridelines.
The Peebles Outdoor Film Festival runs from 27–29 January at the Eastgate Theatre, Peebles. Copies of the festival programme are available from Box Office, or can be viewed online at www.eastgatearts.com
Tickets available now on 01725 725777, or online.
Full festival programme, http://www.eastgatearts.com/sites/default/files/Peebles%20Outdoor%20Film%20Festival_%202017.pdf