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Western States 100 documentary wins top ShAFF Award

‘Unbreakable: The Western States 100’ has won the 2012 ShAFF Best Film award

The Sheffield Adventure Film Festival has announced that ‘Unbreakable: The Western States 100’ has won the 2012 ShAFF Best Film award.

The feature length documentary is about the 2010 race in which four of the greatest undefeated mountain runners on earth toed the starting line at the oldest and most prestigious 100-mile foot race in the world, The Western States 100.

Sheffield Adventure Film Festival Judge, duathlete and 220 regular Nik Cook says: “My fellow judges Lucy Creamer and Tim Glasby and I were in total agreement about ‘Unbreakable’. Even if you already know the result, it’ll still have you on the edge of your seat right down to the final few miles.”

Fellow judge, Lucy Creamer, the UK’s top female climber, says: “I’m not a runner, so having to watch a running film that was an hour and a half long was not an exciting prospect. But it’s an extremely well put together film that combines different stories interweaved throughout to create genuine interest in these world class athletes; the race itself leads you towards an incredibly nail biting finish. An absolute joy that almost made me want to go out running – not a hundred miles though!”

Festival Director Matt Heason says: “It’s a double first for ShAFF – the first ever running film to win and the first feature length film to win. What makes it stand out in a year where we’ve had a record-breaking number of films on show is the brilliant story telling and characters. And it proves you need nothing more than a pair of trainers to have an adventure. And just to prove what a great film it is, with a week to go, it’s sold out. But don’t worry – we’ve put an extra showing on Sunday evening.”

Click here to see the full list of awards – the festival organisers will be adding more reaction from the winners and judges when they get them.

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Matt is a regular contributor to 220 Triathlon, having joined the magazine in 2008. He’s raced everything from super-sprint to Ironman, duathlons and off-road triathlons, and can regularly be seen on the roads and trails around Bristol. Matt is the author of Triathlon! from Aurum Press and is now the editor of Cycling Plus magazine.