In a fell-running FKT attempt that might humble even 2017 Barkley Marathons finisher John Kelly, Paul Tierney, 36, of Windermere is 150 peaks into the 214-peak Wainright circuit in Britain’s Lake District, a distance of 318 miles (512K) and 36,000m of ascent. With 64 peaks remaining, Tierney is on pace to better the existing FKT of 6:13:01, set by Steve Birkinshaw in 2014.
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⛰ 96 peaks done. 118 more to go! ⛰ . Paul Tierney has now been running & fast-hiking for 61 hours in his attempt to break the record time for bagging all 214 of Alfred Wainwright’s Lake District (🇬🇧) peaks. . Toughing it out in all conditions and battling the gnarly terrain, Paul has dug deep since starting his 318-mile challenge on Friday morning. He remains on record pace, but it is very close and, of course, there is an incredibly long way to go. . Steve Birkinshaw’s incredible record time, set in 2014, is 6 days, 13 hours & 1 minute. . Get the full story and access the live tracker map 👉 VIA LINK IN BIO . 📷: Pete Aylward & @nick_ray72 . #inov8 #GetAGrip #wainwrights214 #running #runchat #ultrarunning #fellrunning #trailrunning #lakedistrict #athlete
Tierney started the project four days ago, on June 14, following a similar route to Birkinshaw’s, sleeping only intermittently, and power-hiking when necessary. He is supported with family and friends pacing him, and a van at various points. Tierney is sponsored by Inov-8 and wearing the brand’s Graphene-soled shoes.
Tierney is a two-time finisher of Tor des Géants and a past winner of Lakeland 100.
Here is a link to Inov-8’s live tracker.
Tierney is also attempting to raise £10,000 for the mental-health charity MIND, in memory of his friend, the late triathlete Chris Stirling. You can support his efforts here.