The Fleetwood Lakes 40                                               Lakes

There is a long tradition among fell runners of celebrating their passing years on the hills, as well as in the pub!  Bob Graham started it with his 42 peaks at 42. That idea has since been stretched to 50 at 50, 60 at 60 and even 70 at 70, courtesy of Joss Naylor.  In 2005 John Fleetwood took up the theme at the other end by climbing 40 peaks at 40 with another alternative to the Bob Graham Round. In its 66 miles and 24,000 feet of climbing it coincides over a handful of peaks, otherwise, it wings its way round the Lakes in a more contrasting mixture of big and little fells. John completed it in 23 hours 45 minutes and, as some might guess, it was a spontaneous solo run without support! 
The Lakes 40 may be completed at any age and in any direction starting from Troutbeck.  Together with the BGR and Chris Upson's Lakes 24, the Lakes 40 creates a formidable trio of Lakeland 24-hour challenges.  Nobody has completed all three yet but no doubt that is probably only a matter of time!



Click on the icon to view/print a pdf schedule of the inaugural traverse made in May 2005.

Completions Log

Finishers are invited to add their names  to the completions log - email:

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Links and Further Information



Where there is a recorder please contact them to log your completion. In addition, or if there isn't a recorder, you are invited to share your experience on the gofar facebook page to encourage and inspire other runners to have a go!


All the routes on this site require proven mountain running experience. You undertake them entirely at your own risk. Please take full mountain safety precautions at all times.  Always ensure you carry sufficient clothing, food and equipment to cope with dramatic changes in the weather conditions!  Appropriate insurance cover is recommended.


The object of this website is to provide a single, ready source of information on the ultra-distance mountain challenges which have been developed over the past three or more decades. It now offers a diverse range of long and "short", old and recent, formal and informal routes from around the UK to encourage runners of all ages and abilities to have a go subject to proven mountain experience in all conditions.



Please send details and a schedule of any record-breaking runs and the like to Martin Stone who maintains records on behalf of the Fell Runners Association.  Email:


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