The Wainwright 7 Summits Round Lakes
Long distance walker Geoff Saunders devised a 60 miles at 60 celebration in 1995 by linking together the highest summit in each of Wainwright's seven Lakeland guides into a linear route. It was first completed by Harry Barrow and Nigel Dean that year, followed by Geoff himself in 1996, but it presented some awkward logistical problems. These were overcome when, in 2008, John Fleetwood completed a circular version of the seven summits from Ambleside in a solo, unsupported training run for the Ultra-Trail of Mont Blanc. This was prompted by a suggestion on the FRA Forum by Andy Walmsley (Bowland Fellrunners) based on aroute which he had conceived in the 1990's. John took just 17-34 to cover the round of some 65 miles and 19000'. Not long after, in 2010, Tony Wimbush resurrected the "60 at 60" theme with a solo run with road support in 21-24.
This is semi informal round where completions can be logged although there are no rules or time limits. It explores only the major peaks of the Lakes in a series of long ascents and descents to provide a refreshing contrast to more established challenges like the Bob Graham and Joss Naylor. There can be few more memorable ways to commemorate reaching 60!
The object is to visit the seven summits below starting and finishing at the Clock Tower in Ambleside (Grid Ref NY 377 045)
Click to view/print a 21-24 schedule. This is in an Excel format so it can be customised to your chosen start time and used to record actual times.
See also John Fleetwood's blog for his schedule of 17-34 which also includes interim and cumulative distances and ascents - see link below.
Finishers are invited to add their names to the completions log. Please use the Schedule above to record actual times. Add your name, date, club and age category plus details of hill/road support (if applicable) plus a short report and send to Tony Wimbush - email: email@example.com
Why not share your experience on facebook to encourage and inspire other runners to have a go!
Links and Further Information
The Wainwright Seven 12 July 2008 - John Fleetwood's blog and schedule showing iterim and cumulative distances and ascents.
Over the hill... and far away - a treble at 60! ,Tony Wimbush (The Fellrunner, Autumn 2010) - an article which includes a brief account of the Wainwright 7 summits.
List of Wainwrights - the Wikipedia entry listing the summits in each of the seven books
The Wainwright peaks - List in height order.
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.
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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.
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