Nicky Spinks has grit.
It’s been with her forever, whether under her fingernails in Yorkshire, England, where she lives as a farmer, or proving her resolve as a lifelong fell runner.
Spinks became a Bob Graham Round finisher in 2006 and, later, a double Bob Graham Round runner — a rare effort that demands a 132-mile Lake District, England, trudge, which you can read more about in our WeRunFar profile of her.
Then there’s the other arena, where Spinks has shown even more toughness: her battle with cancer. Both are documented in the inspiring film, “Run Forever: The film of Nicky Spinks and The Double Bob Graham.”
The veteran runner was closing in on her 40th birthday when she polished off the 42-peak Bob Graham Round. Just weeks later, doctors would identify a lump in her right breast as malignant, and Spinks would lose the tissue to a total mastectomy.
But the British legend survived and later recounted the whole experience for the brand inov-8. The brand filmed Spinks as she attempted the Double Bob Graham in 2016, and “Run Forever” bears testament.
My take: put on the 48-minute documentary next time you want to do something but think it’s too hard. I’ll be surprised if you find Spinks’s steady determination doesn’t prove you wrong.