Endure 24 Running Programme

A hand-picked programme of films for the 2020 Endure 24 runners and their friends and family to enjoy.

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What a film, so bad ass. Best parkour film I've ever seen.

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

Smash the tricks, catch the plane.

Claire Carter Writer, Film Officer for Kendal Mountain Festival, 'Creative Consultant'.

Somersaults off trollies, flips over escalators and daring jumps from the gangway – to catch a flight that had already been deemed missed, Jason Paul tries everything in his power. “As soon as I hear ‘Last Call for Mr Paul’ I imagine being stuck in a video game,” says Jason. “It’s my personal version of Mission Impossible.” In doing so and inspired by Jackie Chan the German freerunning ace almost always seems to reach the next level – almost always…

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An insight into a super tough 300k (186 mile) ultra in Hong Kong, running four of their long distance hiking trails the other way round to their usual direction. There are beautiful shots of Japanese trails that will open your eyes to the stunning running and hiking opportunities there. And you will marvel at the strength of these runners as they battle sleep demons (and Japanese water machine dispensers) to crack this crazy race within the 60 hour cut off.

Claire Maxted Claire Maxted

Runners don’t miss this one, an extreme ultra running challenge. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be glad it’s not you running (but secretly wish you were!)

Anna Paxton

These runners are incredible that distance that elevation is just mind-blowing to me really great film that takes you through an incredible physical challenge.

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

Breaking 60 is a documentary about the 2017 Hong Kong Four Trails Ultra Challenge, a fat‐ass trail running event where there are no race fees, no prizes, no medals, no pats on the back for being super awesome. Just a bunch of slightly left field individuals trying to run all four of Hong Kong’s ultra trails ‐ totalling 298km ‐ non stop, unsupported and in less than 60 hours. 

Each year a small group of runners are hand selected and Breaking 60 explores the personal challenges facing 4 of them. Since its inception, nobody has ever gone sub 60. The HK4TUC is a unique personal challenge that requires a significant level of self sufficiency, strong determination, willingness to dig deep and suffer and it is a journey of self discovery over three days and (in most cases) three nights. 

The HK4TUC attracts unique individuals that are not interested in the increasing commercialism of ultrarunning races as there are no medals, prizes or rankings. The focus instead is on the challenge itself, the challenge to physically and, more importantly, mentally go to places the individual has not gone before. This is only for people who love pain and suffering and get a thrill out of attempting something that they deem impossible and they expect most likely to completely fail at. That's the reason why this Challenge was founded in 2012. Given the distance and elevation change involved, this event is targeted at the experienced trail running enthusiast. 

This is a very hard event and it challenges your strategy and self-pacing, and not necessarily just raw fitness. The idea is for this to be a community-driven, non-commercial, no-frills challenge. Breaking 60 beautifully documents this journey of four participants in the challenge.

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Truly inspiring. One man's journey running 44 marathons in 44 countries for mental health charities. It's not just the running but he also has to catch buses, trains and planes in between - it's a feat! This will MAKE you go for that run when you're feeling tired!

Claire Maxted Claire Maxted

Raising awareness for mental health this runner takes on the challenge of 44 marathons in 44 countries in 44 days, with all its highs and lows!

Anna Paxton

Love this idea to challenge your self in countries across Europe. Just keep running

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

Peter Thompson has a love-hate relationship with long distance running. He loves the satisfaction it brings of completing a race but hates the impact the training has on those around him. When at an all-time low point he decided to take his running in a new direction. He decided to challenge himself. Back to back marathons is nothing new but Peter wanted to become the first person to run consecutive marathons in all 44 European countries. This meant finishing a marathon and then travelling to another country in time to start the next marathon the following day. This pattern of travel, running and sleep depravation pushed him to the edge of sanity. Armed with a handheld camera and a crash course in how to shoot a documentary Peter set out on his challenge.

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A super interesting story about this fantastic character who has been running the Los Angeles marathon since it started in 1986, first backwards, then bouncing a basket ball. He uses running as therapy after being drafted to Vietnam aged 20.

Claire Maxted Claire Maxted

Director Vincent DeLuca met Johnnie Jameson in the lobby of his apartment building where everyone knows Johnnie's bright smile and infectious laughter. Vincent's building is just one of many on Johnnie's mail route, but on that particular day, fate would push an inquisitive filmmaker and larger than life character together in a conversation that would lead to a friendship that would literally alter the course of one's life and create a film to capture it all. Best Short Film Lookout Wild Film Festival; Official Selection Austin Film Festival, Big Sky Film Festival, Mountainfilm, Port Townsend Film Festival, San Diego Film Festival, Washington West Film Festival.

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A heartfelt, relatable and inspiring soliloquy on why running is so important, by Adventurer Al Humphries. It's only 3mins long but he manages to make you want to reach for your trainers and head to the Lake District for a run immediately.

Claire Maxted Claire Maxted

Alastair Humphreys shows us why micro adventures are the way forward, I picking you up is running shoes and getting out there.

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

Every month I visit the Lake District to spend a day running in the hills. It’s good for the body, good for the head, good for the soul. I film the run and chat to myself about whatever feels important that day. 

This month: why I run (and why I think you should do too…).

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I actually found this quite effecting.... And if anyone can make a baby in four minutes after running a marathon on 24 hours.

Claire Carter Writer, Film Officer for Kendal Mountain Festival, 'Creative Consultant'.

Dizzyingly hyper-productive and positive. This down-to-earth documentary is a light-hearted invitation daring you to make the most of your day.

Ruth Farrar

Bizarre, immensely entertaining and characterful movie about someone who runs a mile every hour for 24 hours...while doing DIY and household tasks. Odd but hugely watchable. Of course you can do this if you have a huge barn as a playroom, a whole other house for the family, and a big plot of rural land to run around, so lots of unreflected privilege here... but till one of the best movies at SHAFF this year

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

What an awesome idea. Pretty sure anyone watching this will want to follow in Beau's footsteps. A very fun watch.

Elise Wicker

A festival must watch and then re watch. Such a cool film and idea. Like the grate man saidnif your not eating and your not making a baby what's the point of life???

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

Amazing stream of consciousness busyness exploring what potential a day can hold. “Half your day should be like this, all of the time” Watch this film. Then go do it!

Anna Paxton

Packing on the pounds after writing a PhD, Beau’s running again. He’s also back in the shed; fixing stuff, making things, tinkering. For most of us, running was once a form of survival, hunting- or being hunted. Now, it can be as meaningful, or meaningless, than any other aspect of life. Running for Beau is practical- it gets him places, yet like a lot of runners, it's deeply embodied. He defines himself by where his feet take him, thinking about his other forms of life as he runs. Combining a need to get rid of the gut, to run again, and spend some quality time in the shed, Beau will run a mile an hour around his perfectly mile-long block. In between he’ll do as much as possible, likely becoming the fullest, meaningful, most trivial day of Beau’s life.

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Ultra-running, but played for laughs. This could catch on.

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

"Yorkshire's finest" ...from Derbyshire it turns out. This was a thoroughly entertaining watch.

Elise Wicker

Local filmmakers come out with something completely different. This local man running 10 marathons in 10 days takes a toll as he watched him fall apart and re build only to plunge bhead first into crazy in front of your eyes

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

A slightly fat man from Derbyshire is asked in the pub 'can you run 10 marathons in 10 days?' A story about the power of not thinking about it too much.

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These guys are decent friends to have around if you some chancer motivation in your life. Being an underdog has such value here.

Claire Carter Writer, Film Officer for Kendal Mountain Festival, 'Creative Consultant'.

One of the most amusing and engaging films I've ever watched about the terrifying, depressing and ultimately futile pastime / shortcut to early onset osteoporosis that is ultra-running. You will laugh. The film participants certainly did - it is not always apparent why.

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

This is a film for anyone who takes on a challenge, then wonders what they’ve got themselves into... anyone whose friends egg them on and tell them it will all be fine... and anyone with an adventure buddy and an appetite for type 2 fun. It’s great, don’t miss it.

Anna Paxton

So you run / want to run ultras don't watch this! it will put you off or do you watch it and you'll be inspired.

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

What does it take to finish a 103-mile ultramarathon? Jayson Sime grew up in Iowa in a broken home, one of six children raised by a single mother. He was bullied in school because of his dyslexia, learned to fight, and then learned to wrestle, losing every single match for two years before he finally won one. His fighting spirit carried him through a career as a political organizer, from knocking on doors for a political party to managing U.S. congressional campaigns. In 2017, he entered his first 100-mile mountain ultramarathon. How to Run 100 Miles follows Jayson’s story from overlooked kid to ultrarunner battling his way up Colorado mountain trails.

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A beautiful depiction of the power of embodiment and community as a form of activism.

Claire Carter Writer, Film Officer for Kendal Mountain Festival, 'Creative Consultant'.

Powerful, beautiful and entertaining film about Native American using running to inform both spiritual experience and political activism

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

A powerful film documenting the Hopi, Navajo, Pueblo and Ute people coming together to run in solidarity, and in support of their traditional lands, which are losing their protection due to recent US government decisions.

Anna Paxton

Bears Ears National Monument is one of the most talked-about public lands under threat, though the dialogue often glosses over how sacred it is to many Native Americans. In March 2018, a group of tribes put their differences aside and came together to run 800 miles to Bears Ears and to send a message of unity. The Sacred Strides for Healing Prayer Run wove from tribal homelands across the Southwest to Bears Ears. Watch to meet the people who are participating in the public lands conversation with their feet, and learn about why this land is so important to them.

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This woman is a total legend.

Claire Carter Writer, Film Officer for Kendal Mountain Festival, 'Creative Consultant'.

When they go low, Mirna goes higher! Inspiring empowering film rising above social media negativity demonstrating the great outdoors is for everyone to enjoy.

Ruth Farrar

Must-watch, powerful film about a black woman who overcomes horrendous prejudice to become an ultra-runner

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

Bringing adventure sports back to grass roots. What an inspiration!

Elise Wicker

Oh ye love that. Great film very powerful now I want to run.

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

Ultra-runners overcome obstacles on every trail. While competing in her first 50K trail race of the season, Mirna Valerio must overcome the negative voices that don’t believe she belongs in the sport.

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