The Joss Naylor Lakeland Challenge                            Lakes

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. Full details of the Joss Naylor Lakeland Challenge including the history, schedules and accounts by successful contenders are available on the official blog - see below.



Individual schedules for each age group can be downloaded from the official blog - see below.

 Completions Log

All registrations must be ratified in accordance with the specific requirements listed on the official blog

Link to completion logs page.


Why not share your experience on facebook  to encourage other runners to have a go!


 Links and Further Information


  • The official Joss Naylor Lakeland Challenge blog above provides full details of the challenge including age related schedules and accounts by successful contenders 

  • 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.


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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