|Steve on Cat Bells, his final Wainwright|
Last night I got to witness a legend. Joss Naylor's record for the completion of the Wainwrights was set in 1986 (when he was 50). All week, I and many others have been tracking Steve Birkinshaw on his attempt.
Steve's run is remarkable on many fronts, one of the most impressive things to me is the amount of planning that he has put in. Even more remarkable is that Steve has kept so closely to the schedule, rarely dropping more than an hour over the whole 300 odd miles.
Steve was due at Newlands Haus, the top of Newlands Pass at about 6pm last night. From this point, he would have approximately 11 miles to go, up Robinson, then picking up the route of the Anniversary Waltz fell race around to Hindscarth, Dale Head, High Spy, Maiden Moor and finally Cat Bells. The route finishes at the Moot Hall in Keswick.
Steven, Jonathan and I, along with about a hundred others, met him at Newlands Haus for the last leg.
There's plenty of pictures, so I'll let them do the talking.
|Steve getting a pep talk at Newlands Haus|
|heading up High Snockrigg|
|stopping to wave at the helicopter that was buzzing us, apparently making a documentary on the run|
|Steve has had hot dry conditions all week|
|almost at Robinson|
|at Robinson, "I'm sorry, I don't usually go this slow"|
|heading off, a big descent before climbing back up to Hindscarth|
|Steve, with the sticks, reaching Hindscarth summit|
|handing the sticks over as he sets off towards Dale Head|
|It's a nice run down from Hindscarth but I bet Steve was feeling it|
|the short cut along Hindscarth Edge|
|Going along Hindscarth Edge, I ran into fell running legend, Billy Bland. I think he had come up from Honister, "I was going to show him the quick way along here" he said.|
|chatting happily at Dale Head|
|heading down towards Dale Head Tarn. He was gaining on his schedule at this point|
|the climb up to High Spy|
|High Spy, two more to go|
|the woman from Trail Running Magazine - celebrity stalking|
|going at a good pace now|
|Cat Bells ahead, the last of 214|
|well ahead of schedule|
|looks like there's a posse on Cat Bells|
|any excuse for a beer?|
|classic view on a gorgeous night|
|arriving at Cat Bells|
|and we're off|
|descending from Cat Bells|
|on the flat now, Steve is about an hour ahead of his schedule, about to smash the previous record by 12 hours|
|plenty gathered at the Moot Hall|
|he's done it. With his family after an epic, epic run|
|unbelievable. Steve is raising charity for two MS charities, a condition that his sister is affected by. Please visit his fundraising page and give generously|