thursday 8 june
The Old Market Theatre
TICKETS: £15 | Under 16s £7.50
DOORS: 7pm | START: 7.30pm
In 2016 Jenny Tough ran 900km (solo and self-supported) across Kyrgyzstan from Karakol to Osh via the Tien Shan mountains.
Doctor, writer, speaker & adventure cyclist Stephen Fabes cycled 86,209km through 75 countries and 6 continents over 6 years.
As well as hearing from Stephen & Jenny, we'll also be showing a selection of the best adventure films from around the world: be amazed by watching Johanna, the Finnish freediver who dives under the ice, and Tom Seipp, the fearless young cyclist with an incredible enthusiasm for long journeys on his bike, plus more of our favourite films from Kendal Mountain Festival 2016!
Like most decisions of great consequence, Stephen settled on a plan to cycle the length of six of the earth’s continents in a pub, beer in one hand, mini-atlas in the other.
For six years, from 2010 to 2016, Stephen pedalled across 75 different countries, clocking up a distance of 86,209 km (53,568 miles) by bicycle. From the baked deserts of Syria and Afghanistan to an outstandingly untoasty Mongolia mid-winter, Stephen dodged landslides and leaping camel spiders, was detained on suspicion of espionage in China, towed a rollerblader across Uzbekistan, contracted dengue fever (and the urge to tell everyone about it), survived blizzards, tropical storms and volcanic eruptions, marvelled at his own spiralling dishevelment, began a relationship with Ol’ Patchy – a personable inner tube, and survived both a run-in with a gunman and the marauding hoards of school children armed to the milk-teeth with snowballs in Kent.
Along the way Stephen slept in the homes of people in more than fifty countries as well as countless churches, mosques, hospitals, schools, police and fire stations, temples and army barracks. He shared the fusty air and mosquitoes of a barn with a cheesed-off buffalo. Having been welcomed warmly in every country, he’s convinced that goodwill is global.
Stephen raised more than twenty thousand pounds for medical humanitarian Merlin, and also spent time among marginalised people with health problems – nomads, refugees, drug addicts, street children, patients with infectious and deforming disease, the disabled, sex workers, ex-prisoners, slum dwellers, the mentally ill and victims of violence. His interest lies in how marginalisation and health collide, subject of an upcoming book, part travelogue, part investigation.
Jenny Tough has travelled six continents, solo. She has cycled around Europe, paddled through the South American jungle, run marathons on four continents, hiked throughout Asia, trekked in Patagonia, dived with sharks, surfed in the North Sea, competed in numerous adventure races, and lived in five countries. She believes that everyone has the spirit of an explorer within them, and that adventures are constantly at our fingertips. While some of her adventures have been epic, year-long expeditions, others have been equally gruelling micro-adventures, only hours away from the comfort of home. Her goal in sharing her adventures is to inspire more individuals to go find their own adventure.
Jenny says, "It all started when I was 10... And my parents lead by the ultimate example by taking leave from their 9 to 5, and moving our family of four onto our small sailboat to explore the Caribbean and learn about far-flung cultures, not returning back to normality again until I was 12. What happened in that period undoubtedly sealed my fate as an explorer and adventurer."