Introduction

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.

Challenge Details

Introduction 

The route leaves Pooley Bridge to traverse 30 summits over a distance of 48 miles and climbing 17,000 feet (77km, 5182m) with only two road crossings. 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. A challenge was offered to fell runners over the age of 50 to complete the run in set times according to their age group. 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. 

Time Allowances

Men 50-54
12 hours

Women 50-54
14 hours
Men 55-59
15 hours
(since 2004)
Women 55-59
16 hours
Men 60-64
18 hours

Women 60-64
18 hours
Men 65+
24 hours

Women 65+
24 hours   

The Route 

Start: on Pooley Bridge GR NY470244

Leg 1: via Barton Fell to Arthur’s Pike, Loadpot Hill, Wether Hill, Red Crag, Raven Howe, High Raise, Kidsty Pike, Rampsgill Head, High Street, Thornthwaite Beacon, Stoney Cove Pike, Pike How and Kirkstone Pass. 

Leg 2: Red Screes, Hart Crag, Fairfield, Seat Sandal and Dunmail Raise. 

Leg 3: Steel Fell, High Raise, Rossett Pike, Bowfell, Esk Pike, Great End, and Sty Head. 

Leg 4: Great Gable, Kirk Fell, Pillar, Scoat Fell, Steeple, Haycock, Seatallan, Middle Fell and 
Finish: on Greendale Bridge GR NY143056 

Four legs are generally recognised as a convenient way to split the route and pacers as well as providing support points but many runners prefer to combine some of the legs and each attempt should be tailored to the aspirant's own preferences.

Requirements 


Most fell runners find rules tedious and although anyone can do the route unsupported and in their own time there are a few requirements to be satisfied if attempts are to be validated and tankards awarded. This is intended to be a supported run for individuals with a pacer on each leg for safety reasons. It is not a group event. 

Those finishing within their age group time limit are to send the following information to me, Ian Charters - 

1. Schedule signed by pacer(s) witnessing times for each leg 
2. Receipt from the charity of their choice for at least £100 
3. Age category on the day of the attempt 
4. SAE for return of documents, if required 
5. Postal address, telephone number and email address, if available 
6. Account of the attempt, not more than one side of A4 paper 
7. Name of Running Club and/or Mountaineering Club if applicable 

Notes 


In order to have engraved tankards available at the Presentation Dinner the above information I need to have the above information by early October. I am happy, and would prefer, to see scans or photographs of all documentation.

The annual Presentation Dinner is held on the third Saturday in October. 

Joss likes to know the date of attempts and have contenders’ schedules so that he can meet them in the Wasdale area if he is available. 

It is highly recommended that contenders and pacers are thoroughly familiar with the route and in particular with the rocky terrain encountered between Rossett Pike and Steeple.


Download the Challenge Details



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