The Joss Naylor Lakeland Challenge route leaves Pooley Bridge to traverse 30 summits over a distance of 48 miles and climbs 17,000 feet (77km, 5182m).

The inaugural run from Pooley Bridge to Wasdale was made by Joss Naylor in 1990, at the age of 54; in very bad weather with heavy rain and a strong SW wind Joss completed the run to Greendale Bridge in 11 hours and 30 minutes.

Chris Brasher offered engraved pewter tankards to the first 20 runners to do so with the proviso that they raised at least £100 for a charity of their own choice. In January 1997, with 17 tankards already awarded, Chris extended his sponsorship. In 2001, with 33 tankards awarded, Joss secured on-going sponsorship for the tankards.

The challenge is offered to fell runners over the age of 50 to complete the run in set times according to their age group. The challenge is intended to be a "supported run" for individuals - each contender is to be accompanied on every leg for safety reasons and unaccompanied attempts will not be recognised. There is more information on the Challenge Details page below.

If you are interested, please have a look at the Challenge Details, download a schedule or contact me using the "Email Ian Charters" form below.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Kevin Bray (M55) - 17 June 2017

I guess that if you are reading this you already know about the JNC in terms of its history, ethos, route and schedules.
I had helped a good friend, Susan Davis on her successful journey back in 2015 I had really enjoyed completing three legs of the route on that day.
After a 2016 where I lost some people from my life whom I had loved and valued it gave me the spur to raise some money for three charities, Cancer Research UK, the Motor Neurone Disease Association and the North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team.
The JNC seemed the perfect challenge to take on.
I am a long way from being any kind of ‘elite’ fell runner but I never turn down an opportunity to get out on the hills and part of this whole experience has been the enjoyment of doing the training and the reccy’s over this absolutely brilliant route! Some memorable days in all sorts of weather with great company learning the way, exploring options, finding new lines and just taking it all in!
I have been truly humbled by the support I’ve had for my attempt both in terms of sponsorship (I’ve raised over £3,000, more than I ever imagined) and on the hill and at the roadside on the big day.
There is quite a group of North East based fell runners interested in this type of challenge and I had was fortunate to have some ‘old’ (literally!) hands with me as well as some youngster’s!
The weather on the day was beautiful when I set off at 07.00, though it was going to get very hot later in the day especially when I got to Dunmail where it was absolutely baking at 12.24! Until then I had trundled along Leg 1 & 2 gaining time on my 14.40 schedule but I started to feel the heat on the ‘1,000’’ staircase to Steel Fell. The journey across to High Raise turned into a slog because I really was dehydrated and my two pacers Paul Appleby and Nick Spencer kept me going. At one point I said to Nick ‘it’s not going to happen today’ but you know what – it did. I thought about the sponsorship and all the people who had turned out for me and that was the motivator that kept me going.
When Paul told me we had only lost 9 minutes getting to High Raise it was such a boost! I was expecting him to say 20 – reverse psychology I guess!
Anyway that was the bad patch over. The heat was tempered by a good breeze and I picked up and started to pull back time on that fantastic section of the route between Rossett Pike and Styhead. We got the descent from Great End to Styhead absolutely spot on and at Styhead my team had brought up plenty of food and drink for refuelling.

Climbing Great Gable (Allon Welsh)

We departed there at 16.52, 20 minutes up on schedule and ticked off the remaining tops on an absolutely beautiful evening. The views across to the Scafells in the warm evening light were stunning.
I reached Greendale at 21.25, 35 minutes inside my 15 hour target and the icing on the cake was to shake ‘The Shepherds Hand’! Joss was there and what a top man he is – genuinely interested in how the journey had gone. He and Mary chatting away with all of us – we must have been there for half an hour, despite the midgies! Some great pictures and Sandra saying to the man ‘I can’t believe it I’m standing next to a legend’!!

With Joss (Graham Dalgleish)

I had told everybody involved beforehand that I wanted it to be a memorable day for everyone – it certainly was and that to me is what the JNC is all about!
Many thanks to all my sponsors and particularly to my pacer’s and supporters, Gwenda & Les Cavill, John Telfer, Dave Hall, Peter Moralee, Nick Spencer, Paul Appleby, Allon & Sally Welsh, Tina Jackson, Peter Reed, Geoff & Susan Davis, Mick & Sandra Curry, Dave Rickaby, Graham Daglish, Elaine Cowie, and finally to Linda, my wife, no1 supporter, driver, car park attendant, pit stop manager and organiser! It wouldn’t have happened without you!
Greendale Bridge (Mary Naylor)

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