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The Closing Session: Sunday 16th February, 7pm start
Our closing session begins with one hour of short and inspiring films themed around great challenges. After a short break, there is a raffle to raise funds for the John Muir Trust and then we announce the winners of the film and photo competitions. We then welcome our guest speaker, Jenny Graham, to the stage for his presentation. The session will finish around 9.45pm.
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Dave MacLeod – The 24/8 (16 mins)
Top all-round climber Dave MacLeod has dreamed up a challenge, which he reckons has only been possible a handful of times in the past decade. And that’s before you consider how strong a climber you need to be to take it on! What can he cram into a day in the Scottish mountains?
For The Love of Mary (6 mins)
This is George Etzweiler. He’s 97. And counting! You probably don’t know him yet, but he’ll soon capture your heart in this short and inspiring film. Challenges are not just the domain of the young.
Finalist: Best Short Film Award
Focus (35 mins)
Aged 34, Steve Bate was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a severe form of tunnel vision that is slowly robbing him of his sight. We follow Steve’s journey as he participates in the Rovaniemi 150, a gruelling self-supported fat bike race through the Arctic tundra of Finnish Lapland, where temperatures can drop below -35°C and 80% of participants don’t make it to the finish line. With the long hours of darkness testing his limited eyesight even further, the race gives Steve one of his greatest challenges to date.
Finalist: Donald Tiso Best Film Award
Interval with raffle for the John Muir Trust, followed by the photo and film awards
Speaker: Jenny Graham – Eastbound: Around The World
In 2018, Jenny set off, eastbound, from Berlin with the aim of becoming the fastest female to cycle the 18,000 miles around the world. Riding unsupported, she rode through 15 countries as she smashed the world record by 20 days, coming home in 124 days. It’s worth considering that when Mark Beaumont broke the record for the route back in 2008, his time was 194 days!
Jenny, from Inverness, will recount tales of her journey in a bubbly and fun way, sharing the fun times as well as the hardships (think tornados, bears and Russian traffic!) and determination faced on her epic journey.