This afternoon, ultra-runner Paul Tierney completed a record breaking round of all 214 of Alfred Wainwright's Lake District peaks. For many people a Wainwright round is a lifetime of walking, but Paul covered the lot in an astonishing time of 6 days, 6 hours and 5 minutes.
In the process he has knocked nearly 7 hours from the record. The previous fastest time of 6 days, 13 hours and 1 minute was set by Steve Birkinshaw in June 2014; Steve came out to offer Paul encouragement on his attempt. Prior to that the record was held by another fell running legend, Joss Naylor, who ran the Wainwrights in 7 days 1 hour and 25 minutes in 1987.
Inov-8 sponsored runner Paul began his 318-mile challenge, which involves an epic 36,000m of elevation gain, at 8am on Friday 14th June, and finished just after 2pm today. Following a similar route to Steve Birkinshaw's 2014 line, he ran and speed-walked for six days straight, with only minimal sleep.
- Paul ran in memory of his friend and fellow endurance athlete Chris Stirling, and has been raising money for the charity MIND, UK. Donations can be made via Paul's Justgiving page.
- We will be hoping to publish an in-depth Wainwrights interview soon...