His name is Rob Pope, but you might know him as Forrest Gump. In 2018, Rob became the first person to answer one of the most asked questions in ultrarunning. “Could Forrest have actually survived his epic run”. Well, according to Rob, he could, after he himself ran over 15,600 miles in 422 days, crossing America almost five times and finishing at the same spot Forrest did in Monument Valley. As such, it seemed appropriate that he next appeared at the sharp end of the field in the 2019 Marathon des Sables finishing as the highest placing Brit/Australian, despite developing pneumonitis on the long stage. After slowly rebuilding his body after his epic US adventure, he’s ready to go long again, but first, he’s coming back to the National Running Show in an “ask me anything” style Q+A where we’ll learn more about the nitty gritty of preparing for and surviving going truly long.

Sessions:

Do You Want To Be A Record Breaker?

Saturday

12:25 - 12:55

Ultra Zone

Panel Discussion; Ultra Running, It All Starts With One Step

Sunday

12:35 - 13:15

Inspiration Stage
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