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An inspirational long-distance runner is visiting Bristol to talk about her journey and campaigning mission.

Sabrina Pace Humphreys
Image: Sabrina Pace-Humphreys.

Sabrina Pace-Humphreys has competed in some of the toughest ultra races, including the infamous Marathon Des Sables across the Sahara desert, becoming the 13th British woman to cross the finish line.

The extraordinary 42-year-old, a mother and grandmother who started running after the birth of her fourth child to lose weight and manage her mental health, is speaking as part of the Kendal Mountain Festival UK Tour. Having travelled the world for the love of her sport, she wanted others to discover the benefits. Shocked by the murder of black runner Ahmaud Arbery in the USA, and inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Pace-Humphreys co-founded Black Trail Runners, a community for black people who want to experience trail running.

“The outdoors is a place of healing, a place to be at one with nature” says Pace-Humphreys. “But visible and invisible barriers exist for people of colour. It is so important that these walls are broken down, and access to the outdoors opened to more diverse communities. Representation in these spaces is crucial.”

Pace-Humphreys will be speaking at the Tobacco Factory Theatres on 11 February. The event, part of the Kendal Mountain Festival UK Tour, also features films and extra entertainment. Steve Scott, director of Kendal Mountain Festival, presents the Tour events and says, “‘Kendal’ is all about adventure; stories of extreme human endurance, breathtaking environments and adrenaline-fuelled excitement. Our Tour events are mini-Festivals that distil this spirit of adventure and exploration into one unique evening.”

Tickets are available via the Tour website or by calling the Tobacco Factory Theatres box office on 0117 902 0344.




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