Cumbria’s iron man to take on 30 mile challenge for 80th

by Rachael Grealish

Joss Naylor completing the Ennerdale Horseshoe in 2010 - Photo by Mike McKenzie

Joss Naylor completing the Ennerdale Horseshoe in 2010
– Photo by Mike McKenzie

A FELL running legend is set to recreate the life-changing journey his father once made across the Lakes almost 90 years ago.

Joss Naylor is planning to celebrate his 80th birthday by running from Caldbeck to Wasdale, on June 25.

Well known for his achievements in summiting all 214 Wainwright peaks in only seven days – a record only bettered 28 years later by Cumbrian runner, Steve Birkinshaw.

Joss is undertaking the 30-mile challenge in memory of his father Joe, who moved from Caldbeck to Wasdale in 1927.

The 30 mile route will begin in the village of Caldbeck – on the north-east of the Lake District national park – and end, after a 7,020ft of ascent at Low Greendale, at his home in Wasdale.

The former ultra runner has currently raised 40 per cent of his £10,000 target – all of which will go to the Brathay Trust, helping some of the most disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.

His route will take him through past some iconic Lake District scenes such as La’al Scafell, Skiddaw House, St. Olaf’s Church and finally to his home in Low Greendale.

Joss has been awarded an MBE for his services to sport and charity, and is also included as one of Britain’s top 100 sports personalities in the 2007 book Best of British: Hendo’s Sporting Heroes by sports journalist Jon Henderson.

Known as Cumbria’s iron man, Joss has numerous long-distance records – including his achievement of running 72 Lake District peaks in less than 24 hours in 1975.

For his 60th Joss completed 60 Lake District peaks and for his 70th completed a 50-mile route in less than 21 hours to celebrate.