MY HERO – FELL RUNNER JOSS NAYLOR

MY HERO – FELL RUNNER JOSS NAYLOR

 jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 25th July 2018

THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

Last Sunday marked thirty years since Countryfile was first broadcast on TV. They did thirty items relating to the best and most relevant and inspirational things they have covered.

One was about people and they did a major piece about Joss Naylor aged 82 years old, a Cumbrian shepherd and fell runner. He is unbelievable.

Joss Naylor, MBE was born 10 February 1936 at Wasdale Head and is an English fell runner, and a sheep farmer, living in the English Lake Dis­trict. As his achievements increased he became better known as the King of the Fells or simply the Iron Man. His fell running achievements include successive peak bagging records within the scope of the Bob Graham Round:

1971: 61 peaks in 23h37m

1972: 63 peaks in 23h35m

1975: 72 peaks, claimed to involve over 100 miles and about 38,000 feet of ascent in 23h20m

His other fell run­ning achievements include:

1973: The Welsh 3000s – the 14 peaks of Snowdonia in 4h46m

1974: The Pennine Way: 3 days and 4 hours

1983: The Lakes, Meres and Waters circuit of 105 miles in 19h20m

1986: (age 50) completed the Wainwrights in 7 days

1997: (age 60) ran 60 Lakeland fell tops in 36 hours

2006: (age 70) ran 70 Lakeland fell tops, covering more than 50 miles and ascending more than 25,000 feet, in under 21 hours.

He considered the 72 peak Lakeland circuit as his own greatest achievement, setting a record which stood unbroken for 13 years. He was appointed an MBE for his services to sport and charity, and is 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.

Olympic Gold medal win­ner and co-founder of the London Marathon Chris Brasher described Joss Naylor as ‘The Greatest of Them All’, a title he bestowed on Joss when he ran 72 Lake District mountains in 24 hours.

Naylor is the subject of a biography by Keith Richardson, and his fell running exploits are covered in detail in Steve Chilton’s It’s a hill, get over it: fell running’s history and characters.

 

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY

Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. —Eleanor Roosevelt

 

HAPPINESS IS…

Happiness is…running 50 miles up 70 Lakeland fell tops for your 70th birthday

GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY

What do you call a woman with a bottle opener in one hand, a knife in the other, a pair of scissors between the toes of her left foot, and a corkscrew between the toes on her right foot? A: A Swiss Army wife

LOVE IS…

Love is…steamy

TRACK OF THE DAY

Summer Love – John Travolta & Olivia NewtonJohn

Highest Chart Position: No.1 30th September 1978 – for 7 Weeks

 

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