Iwan Thomas to visit Suffolk

Former European, Commonwealth and World Champion, Iwan Thomas will be in conversation at The Riverside, Woodbridge on Monday 8 July, 7.30pm.

Considered one of the finest 400m runners that Britain has ever seen, Iwan is now a popular tv and radio presenter.

Sharing the story of his life and career – the highs and the lows – and the mental, emotional and physical challenges of competing in elite sport, Iwan Thomas is joining us for this special evening event on the release of his autobiography, ‘Brutal’.

Iwan put everything into becoming and remaining an elite athlete. After a stint as a world-class BMX rider in his youth, he dedicated himself to running and between 1996 and 1998 established himself as one of the world’s fastest men, taking gold in both the 400m and the 4x400m at the European Championships, silver at the Olympics and gold at the Worlds. His British 400m record of 44.36s stood for nearly 25 years.

But he was beset with injuries and in 2012 finally conceded retirement. Since then he has built a successful media profile while also undertaking gruelling physical challenges. He’s run several marathons, participated in a number of triathlons, and also completed the 100 mile South Downs Way ultra race.

There have been mental and emotional challenges too, both in his sporting career and in his personal life. He suffered an extended period of anxiety and depression as he adjusted to life as a former athlete, and his newborn son was desperately ill.

‘Brutal’ is an honest and absorbing read, about being the best you can be – as an athlete and as a person. This promises to be a fascinating, wide-ranging, entertaining and enlightening evening.

Tickets are £20 and include a signed copy of ‘Brutal’ (RRP £20) One further ticket may be purchased for £12 (without the book). Details: www.theriverside.co.uk  Tel: 01394 382174