Like all good stories, this one begins with a drunken bet. Three friends, bonded by a love of running, were desperate to ditch their desks and go on an adventure. One night, after a few too many drinks, they placed a bet. They would spin a globe and wherever their finger landed, they would run. They spun. Tajikistan. A part of the world few have heard of let alone travelled to. A region shrouded in a reputation of war and danger. A place of extreme heat during the day, dropping to dangerously cold temperatures at night. Where the altitude is so high, it feels like you’re breathing through a straw. Not exactly prime conditions for running. They accepted their challenge. They would run across Tajikistan from the border of Afghanistan to the border of China, covering 400km in just 7 days - about a marathon a day, everyday, for a week. They would run through a valley of spectacular proportions, somewhere the locals call ‘the roof of the world’. This is a story without finish lines or medals. Rather what happens when you trust in nothing but your own two feet, to carry you across one of the last truly wild landscapes on earth.
Running The Roof is directed by Alexis Tymon and Ben Crocker. Ben brings his 15 years of experience to the table, with an unparalleled cinematic eye and confidence for both the technical and artistic sides of filmmaking. Alexis has a tireless pursuit for the purpose behind a good story, making films in both a visually compelling and meaningful way for the project and its audience. Their ambitious, synchronised approach led them to found Sourcy, an award winning video production company based in south London, in 2018. They are relaxed, adventurous types – intent upon colouring outside the lines. They’ll happily chuck on a wetsuit, bivvy on a cliff edge or get their boots very, very muddy if the film calls for it.