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Paul Tierney sets new 214-peak Wainwright record

Written by Fiona

June 21 2019

Paul Tierney ran into the record books today when he set a new fastest time for summitting all 214 of Alfred Wainwright’s Lake District peaks in one go. He completed the 318-mile journey and the equivalent ascent of four times Mt Everest on foot in six days, six hours and five minutes.

He beat Steve Birkinshaw’s five-year-old record by almost seven hours.

The scenes captured by inov-8 as Paul ran into Keswick today to finish his run.

Paul fought exhaustion, sleep deprivation and widely varying weather during his impressive challenge. He was supported on and off the fells by friends.

Photos tell an impressive story

Paul ascending summit number 207 of 214. Credit:
Paul running along the streets to the finish in Keswick.Credit:
Paul climbing the steps to the finish line at Moot Hall Keswick with some of the big crowds behind him. Credit:
Finally…the finish line for Paul. Credit:
Paul smiling after breaking the record. Credit:
Paul with his partner Sarah McCormack, who supported him all the way and ran some of the sections with him, too. Credit: Stephen Wilson

Paul, was raising funds for MIND, UK in memory of his friend and fellow athlete Chris Stirling, who died recently. MIND provide advice and support to those experiencing mental health struggles. Donate via his Justgiving page.

The inov-8 ambassador was greeted on the finish steps by family, friends and Joss Naylor, who was the first man to run the Wainwrights in one continuous circuit in 1987.

The face of exhaustion. Credit:

See a video of Paul reaching peak number 185 (Dodd) with 29 peaks to go….

Just 7 peaks left to go as Paul Tierney closes in on an incredible new record time for summiting all 214 of Alfred Wainwright’s Lake District fells. He’s been running, fast-hiking and occasionally napping for 6 days & 2 hours. His estimated finish time at Moot Hall, Keswick, is between 2:30pm and 3:30pm today.????: Summiting Ard Crags (peak number 207)Story & tracker ???? ???? #GetAGrip #wainwrights214

Posted by inov-8 All Terrain Running on Thursday, 20 June 2019

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