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Paul Tierney bags new Wainrights FKT

The British fell runner arrived to a hero's welcome in Keswick today after taking nearly seven hours off the existing FKT. Photo: Pete Aylward

It was an emotional scene in Keswick, England today when Irish fell runner Paul Tierney successfully completed his quest to set a new fastest known time (FKT) on the 214 Wainrights peaks in Britain’s Lake District, arriving at 2:00 p.m. local time. Tierney took down the existing FKT by almost seven hours, linking all 214 Wainrights peaks in six days, six hours and five minutes.

Tierney had a supportive crew and company on the run for parts of his 318-mile (512K) journey, but had to deal with lack of sleep and a wide range of weather conditions, running when possible and power-hiking when not. He is an Inov-8 ambassador, and wore full Inov-8 kit, including the brand’s X-Talon Ultra 260 shoe for soft and muddy sections, and the Terra Ultra G 260 when the trail was drier and harder.

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The existing record of 6 days, 13 hours and one minute was set by Steve Birkinshaw in 2014.

Paul Tierney in 2019. Photo: Inov-8

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