Steve Birkinshaw Smashes Wainright ultra run record

Berghaus runner enters record books in epic charity run.

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Berghaus sponsored ultra running athlete Steve Birkinhsaw has just finished his epic Lake District jaunt and has run himself into the record books by completing a round of 214 Lake District summits in 6 days and 13 hours.

The previous record for a complete round of all 214 Lake DIstrict summits as described by A.W Wainright in his 12 pictorial guides to the Lakes was completed way back in 1987 by fell running legend Joss Naylor.

The route that Steve plotted was 317 miles long and took in over 36000 metres of ascent over its course- that’s over 4 times the height of Mount Everest. In under a week.

On the go for nearly a week, and completing an average of two marathons per day certainly took its toll on the distance-running specialist. Over the final few days, Steve’s progress slowed dramatically, with extended stops needed at every rest point to treat his battered and blistered feet.

Spirits were lifted though as a call for supporters went out online and a group of nearly 100 runners ran alongside Birkinshaw for the final run into Keswick for his big finish.

Steve eventually managed to run into Keswick and up the steps of Moot Hall to complete his circular route, just under a week after setting out.

 

Steve ran the Wainrights for charity. To donate to his effort head to the Just Giving page.

To find out more about the sheer enormity of running for 7 straight days across some of the most challenging terrain in England take a look at Steve’s blog.

 

 

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