Ultra-runner Paul Tierney begins record attempt in memory of triathlete Chris Stirling

All eyes in the endurance sports world were on Keswick in the Lake District this morning (Friday June 14th) as ultra-runner Paul Tierney began his attempt at a new record time for summiting all 214 of Alfred Wainwright’s Lake District peaks in one go. Paul is running in memory of his friend and fellow endurance athlete Chris Stirling, who tragically died earlier this year, and is raising money for the charity Mind UK.

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The run coach and former policeman began his 318-mile challenge, which involves a mammoth 36,000m of elevation gain (the equivalent of four times up and down Mount Everest), at 8am from Moot Hall, Keswick.

The current record is held by Steve Birkinshaw, who, in June 2014, did it in 6 days, 13 hours and 1 minute. Prior to that the record was held by another fell running legend, Joss Naylor, who clocked a time of 7 days 1 hour and 25 minutes in 1987.

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