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ULTRA-DISTANCE CHALLENGES

The Joss Naylor Lakeland Challenge                                UK Ultras






















Joss Naylor photographed by Val Corbett (© copyright Val Corbett)

taken from  Keith Richardson's Book -

Joss: The Life and Times of the Legendary Lake District Fell Runner and Shepherd Joss Naylor

Increasingly regarded as an old man’s Bob Graham, this route has become the benchmark challenge for the mature runner.  It was inaugurated by Joss Naylor in 1990 as a fund-raising challenge to the over 50’s.  In addition to completing the route, successful contenders must raise at least £100 for a charity of their choice.  Joss’s challenge involves climbing 30 tops, crossing some 48 miles of mountain terrain and ascending nearly 17000 feet.  The route starts in Pooley Bridge, Ullswater and finishes at Greendale Bridge, Wasdale.  Each age group has a specific time limit varying between 12 and 24 hours with different times for men and women.  There is no emphasis on record times and pacers are mandatory for safety reasons.

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Schedule

Click the icon to download split times and time limits for each age category.  These are in an Excel spreadsheet format that can be viewed and printed or, alternatively, there is the option to save the file so that it can be customised to your personal pace and start time - see notes at the bottom of the spreadsheet.

It should be noted that, whereas the over 50 and over 55 split times are based on actual times, the times for the other age categories have been extrapolated from those times.

The official recorder, Ian Charters, also has a selection of actual times for contenders in each age group that can be used for planning and guidance.

Registration

To obtain official details of the JNLC including specific requirements for ratifying attempts and sample schedules please contact the official co-ordinator, Ian Charters as shown.  

By email: Ian.Charters@justusuk.com

By post to: Ian Charters, 24 Mill Lane, Aspull, Wigan, WN2 1QY.  Please enclose an SAE

Links and Further Information

□   Joss: The Life and Times of the Legendary Lake District Fell Runner and Shepherd Joss Naylor, Keith Richardson (River Greta Writer, 2009) - The biography of Joss Naylor with photographs by Val Corbett.

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