At 10.01pm on Friday the 20th of June Steve Birkinshaw ran through a crowd of proud supporters on Keswick highstreet to bring his Record attempt to a close. Steve’s aim was to complete the 214 Lakeland Wainwrights in under 7 days 1 hour and 20 minutes, An unbelievable record that was set back in 1987 by Fell Running superstar Joss Naylor.
The atmosphere in the small town was unbelievable as people waited to catch a glimpse of the inspiring Cumbrian athlete, 27 years the record had stood and most people never thought it would be challenged, most people would be happy to complete the 214 hills and mountains in a lifetime let alone a week!
Accompanied into town by 100 support runners Steve completed the distance of 518km (322 miles) in 6 days and 13 hours. A new world record that is likely to stand for another 27 years. An unbelievable achievement by the Humble man of Threlkeld in Cumbria. Go Steve!
Receiving some amazing support:
An amazing Info-Graphic of Steve’s record
His attempt has touched the hearts of fell runners and hill walkers all across the UK. Supporters have been glued to his trackers all week, most scratching there heads at the distances he was covering in a day.
Managing less that 4 hours sleep Steve was obviously fatigued especially towards the end of the challenge, luckily he had taken this into account allowing time in his schedule for a drop in pace. One of the worrying things was that early on in the attempt Steve struggled with pains to his knees and Blisters on his feet, but somehow the Cumbrian freight train had the will and the want to power on through and make the Lake District Proud.
“There were some really tough times out there, but I was spurred on every time I reached a Wainwright top and met someone else who had made the effort to come out and support me. I’m also over the moon with the amount of money that people have donated to the multiple sclerosis charities”
“I couldn’t have done it without my amazing support team and the backing of Berghaus, so I’m hugely grateful for their contributions”
“The final day was incredible – to be joined by so many other runners and then welcomed home by my family and such a big crowd put the seal on everything”
“It’s fair to say that my legs are a bit stiff now and I may take a few days off before my next run.
If you would still like to support Steve you can still donate to his chosen MS charties the Samson Centre and the MS Society
For more details on Steve’s adventure you can read in depth at Steve Birkinshaw’s Wainwright Run blog.