Steve Birkinshaw passes halfway point on Wainright record attempt.

Andrew Cremin Andrew Cremin

Ultra-runner set to break 27 year old Lake District peaks record 

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We reported a few weeks back about Berghaus-sponsored ultra-runner Steve Birkinshaw’s attempt to run all 214 Lake District Wainright’s in a record-breaking time.

Currently the record stands at 7 days and one hour and was set 27 years ago by fell running legend Joss Naylor.

Steve Birkinshaw on 2012's Dragon's Back Race Photo: Berghaus
Steve Birkinshaw on 2012′s Dragon’s Back Race
Photo: Berghaus

At the time of writing, Birkinshaw was well over hallway through the epic 217 mile course and heading down from the Helvellyn massif towards Glenridding.

Although well up on his schedule, Birkinshaw is apparently suffering from severe blisters that are bad enough to stop him from sleeping and it is likely that he will be able to kiss most of his toenails goodbye. Nevertheless, he’s still on schedule to break the record.

Despite figuring that his pace is slower than that of Naylor, Birkinshaw is planning on stopping less and feeding on the go to keep himself moving for the duration. His route is also slightly shorter than that of Naylor.

Careful planning by Birkinshaw and a good few days at the start mean that the average pace can slip to just 7kph (a brisk walk). The drop in pace is inevitable with the length of the course and the fatigue/injuries that build up over time. The race has become a war of attrition for the last few sections.

All things going to plan, Birkinshaw is due to finish his epic run on Friday at Keswick’s Moot Hall around 11pm.

Steve’s route can be be followed live at steveb.opentracking.co.uk

For more information on his epic run and for lots of pictures (including some less than appetising ones of his feet) head to
stevebirkinshaw-wainwright2014.blogspot.co.uk

Steve is running the route for charity. More details of which can be found at justgiving.com/Steve-Birkinshaw1

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