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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Cumbrian running legend, 77, has one more fell to go

A running legend who has taken part in all but one of a series of Lake District mountain trials is taking to the fells at the age of 77 to complete the set.

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Joss Naylor

Joss Naylor, nicknamed the ‘King of the Fells’, has competed in 51 of the 52 trials staged since he first ran in 1960.

The race is known as one of the longest and toughest fell races in the running calendar.

But Joss is now aiming to dig out the old running shoes once more in a bid to complete the 1964 route which he failed to start due to injury.

He will be hoping to complete a remarkable 52nd trial on June 21 – exactly 49 years to the day from the date of the original race he missed out on.

The 16-mile route starts at Glenridding, Ullswater, and finishes at the Old Dungeon Ghyll, Langdale, and includes 7,000ft of climbs through often difficult and dangerous terrain.

Joss says not only will his latest effort help him complete some “unfinished business” but he will be using the occasion to raise money for Ambleside charity The Brathay Trust.

The organisation exists to improve the life chances of children and young people by inspiring them to make positive contributions to their communities.

Joss, from Wasdale, is calling for four runners to join him on the route, with two to accompany him from Glenridding to Dunmail Raise, and two from Dunmail Raise to the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel.

Mark Bushell, from The Brathay Trust, said: “Joss is an incredible man and it’s unlikely that anyone will ever better his achievements so I’m sure that there will be many runners out there who will be desperate to run alongside him.

“To dedicate this run to us shows that he’s not only passionate about all things running, but also about improving the life chances of youngsters.”

Anyone interested in running with Joss is asked to place an auction bid online at http://goo.gl/MhI10 or you can sponsor him on his Just Giving page at http://www.justgiving.com/joss-naylor

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