Organiser of the inaugural Run Run Run event, Dr Kai Syng Tan (an artist and runner with a self-confessed funny gait) is hoping to create a new kind of movement. Drawing together a mix of academics, fitness fans, researchers, artists and paleoanthropogists (they're the bods who specialise in the study the traces of ancient humans in fossils), the aim of this symposium is to debate, demonstrate and explore an eclectic range of topics and activities related to running.
The festival programme includes a show-and-touch session featuring a fossil cast of a two-million-year-old, early-human runner, a pair of vintage trainers and other esoteric paraphernalia displayed in a Museum of Running created by Run Run Run's co-curator Dr Alan Latham. As well as keynote speakers from the University of Glasgow and Falmouth University, there are eight-minute mini talks from London Marathon and Team GB 2012 sports medic Dr Courney Kipps and artist Jo Volley, who collects oak apples to use in her paintings as she runs. Possibly the oddest element of the day's activities, though, is a live performance of Run To Draw, an eccentric collaboration between product designer Peter Hathaway and illustrator Amelia Johnstone that involves Hathaway wearing a portable scrolling sketchbook device on his back which Johnstone draws on as they run.
The event is free but tickets must be booked in advance here.