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Runner sets a new record summiting all 214 Wainwrights

Credit: Lee Proctor

Fell runner Paul Tierney has set a new record for completing all of Alfred Wainwright's 214 Lake District peaks.

He set off from Keswick on Friday at 8:00am and finished today (Thursday) at 2:04pm, completing the challenge six hours faster than the previous record holder Steve Birkinshaw.

Over six days and six hours, he ran 318 miles (511 km) starting and finishing in the town well-known to fell walkers.

Famous Cumbrian Joss Naylor held the prior record, who clocked a time of seven days, one hour and 25 minutes in 1987.

The scene in Keswick as Paul crosses the finish line.

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I’m under no illusions as to how tough this challenge will be. I fully expect it to test me to the absolute maximum and probably beyond what I can imagine. I will run what I can, but obviously there is going to be a lot of fast hiking and, as time goes on, slower hiking involved.

– Paul Tierney, Ultra-Runner and Inov-8 Ambassador

Paul ran in memory of his friend and fellow endurance athlete Chris Stirling and has raised £18,000 for the mental health charity MIND.

This is not his first fell running achievement. Paul has twice completed the notoriously tough 'Tor des Grants' which is a 205 mile race through the Italian Alps.

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