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Joss Naylor completes race 57 years later

Fell running legend Joss Naylor MBE has completed a run he failed to finish 57 years ago.

It was the weather that foiled him the first time and actually it wasn't much better this time as he set off up Stoney Cove Pike.

At the age of 83, he went back in the rain, starting in very little visibility on the fells.

"Oh this is gentle. Lal (little) bit of rain, it's warm and there's no wind to get into your bones with the cold of it. You can live with it, but what we had the first year it just destroyed you."

– Joss Naylor MBE, Fell Runner

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More than 50 years ago, Joss was forced to drop out of The Lake District Mountain Trial due to the weather.

55 competitors entered the race but only one person, George Brass, that crossed the finish line.

Joss ran in memory of Brass.

"There was very strong winds, hail, the early parts of the course went up over Helvellyn, so over 3000 feet and people were just dropping with hypothermia. A small group had to be rescued by the Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team and be brought back down to the valley."

– Scott Umpleby, Brathay Trust
The rain didn't stop Joss from completing the race. Credit: ITV Border

George's shoe had come to bits and he was carrying his shoe when he was coming along the road. He was good bloke, he did a lot of two-day mountain marathons and he did a lot for our sport really like and I thought it was a nice thing just to come and finish it."

– Joss Naylor MBE, Fell Runner

Mr Naylor drew the crowds who came to support him as he raised money for the Brathay Trust - a charity that aims to improve the life chances of children, young people and families by inspiring them to engage positively in their communities.

Joss celebrated finishing the race with a pint in his hand in the White Lion Inn, Patterdale.

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The record for running all 214 Wainwright Peaks was held for 27 years by the Cumbrian legend, who ran it in 7 days, 1 hour and 25 minutes.

He was there to congratulate the newest record holder as he crossed the finish line last month.