High-flying plant-based athletes to share secrets to success at Ashton Gate stadium

15th January 2018

Strongmen, cyclists, triathletes, ultramarathon runners, personal trainers and powerlifters at the home of Bristol City football & rugby clubs on May 26-27 2018 at VegfestUK Bristol

Professional sportspeople are traditionally believed to require plenty of meat and whey to compete at the top level, and such perception still holds for many today. However, a number of athletes who swear by a 100% plant-based diet whilst thriving in their chosen sports have proved otherwise convincingly, and they will be inviting everyone to think twice on the subject at one of the UK’s most firmly established vegan events VegfestUK Bristol on Bank Holiday weekend May 26-27 at Ashton Gate stadium, the home of Bristol City football and rugby clubs.

Plant-based athletes confirmed for the event include:

  • champion boxer, champion kickboxer and mixed martial arts fighter Omowale Adewale,
  • strongman Patrik Baboumian (the world’s strongest man in 2013),
  • professional cyclist Christine Vardaros (represented USA Cycling at 3 World Cyclo-Cross Championships and over 25 Cyclo-Cross World Cups since 2002),
  • triathlete Kate Strong (former age-group 2014 World Champion in triathlon, Guinness World Record holder for cycling non-stop for 24 hours at VegfestUK London 2016 at Olympia London)
  • triathlete and high-performance coach Dave Sheahan (Body for Life Champion, Coach of Body For Life Champions for 5 years running, NSCA International Competitions Coach For Ireland, shortlisted for UK Gladiators),
  • ultramarathon runner Fiona Oakes (Triple Guinness World Record holder, including being the fastest woman to run a marathon on every continent and the North Pole),
  • personal trainer and nutritionist Hench Herbivore (worked with the likes of Norwich City FC captain and Scotland international Russell Martin, and pro-golfer Sergio Barba),
  • powerlifter Pat Reeves (World Deadlift record holder at the National Singles Championships in powerlifting), and
  • former freerunning world champion Tim Shieff (Ninja Warrior UK Last Man Standing),

with more to be announced as the event approaches.

The VegfestUK organisers added, “We’re thrilled to welcome such a stellar lineup of plant-based athletes to our Bristol event, which is undergoing quite a makeover this year as we move into the superb and befitting environment of Ashton Gate stadium. As many of our followers know already, it’s our first event at a football and rugby stadium, and it’s such a privilege to play host to our elite selection of athletes at this marvellous venue, and showcase the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle to potential new followers from the standard football or rugby crowd as well as our core supporters obviously.”

“Plant-based diets have garnered a strong following for the past decade or so,” continued the organisers, “and athletes who highly achieve without eating animal products definitely played a big role in debunking numerous myths about vegans not being physically strong enough to compete, and influencing masses of people to steer clear of using animals as a result. Anyone having the slightest doubt about following a plant-based diet only needs to come to the event and pay a visit to some of the talks by our amazing collection of athletes, amongst many other excellent sessions of course, and not only will they gain significant insight into the wonders of plant-based living, but they also get the chance to meet and greet these fantastic role models for thriving without using animal products.”

The aforementioned athletes will share their personal success stories and some of the secrets behind their own achievements, in addition to answering questions from the audience, in the Plant-Based Diets: Optimum Performance section of talks and panels. Other educational areas of interest at the event include the Plant-Based Diets: Optimum Health section by plant-based health experts, The Vegan Academy for anyone looking for glimpses into the core ethics of veganism, Cookery Demos for inspirations on plant-based recipes, and the Vegan Activists Hub for the budding activist. The informative sessions come on top of around 250 stalls altogether providing superb shopping options for anyone looking for plant-based products, as well as around 18 caterers, a pizzeria/bar, and a restaurant all serving an exceptional feast without the use of animal-based ingredients, alongside live music from 2 stages, followed by comedy, magicians and other entertainment in the evenings.

Advance tickets for the event are now available at www.bristol.vegfest.co.uk/tickets, with BUY ONE GET ONE HALF PRICE offers running all the way until the end of April to allow many to #BringAFriendToVegfest on discounted rates. Standard day tickets cost £11.00 for adults and £5.50 for concessions, inclusive of booking fees, whilst limited amounts of Supporter tickets are available at £27.50 each (inclusive of booking fees), which include access to Hospitality lounges, priority entrance and a goody bag each as well as the opportunity to lend your support to VegfestUK’s move into Ashton Gate stadium this year.

Tickets are also available on the gate at £12.00 for adults and £6.00 for concessions. Kids under 16 can enter the event for free as long as they are accompanied by adults.

The organisers would like to extend huge thanks to the event sponsors Bute Island Foods, Out of Hand and Yaoh.