The Joss Naylor Lakeland Challenge                         More Ultra Routes

Increasingly regarded as an old man’s Bob Graham, this route has become the benchmark challenge for the mature runner.  It was inaugurated by Joss Naylor in 1990 as a fund-raising challenge to the over 50’s.  In addition to completing the route, successful contenders must raise at least £100 for a charity of their choice.  Joss’s challenge involves climbing 30 tops, crossing some 48 miles of mountain terrain and ascending nearly 17000 feet.  The route starts in Pooley Bridge, Ullswater and finishes at Greendale Bridge, Wasdale.  Each age group has a specific time limit varying between 12 and 24 hours with different times for men and women.  There is no emphasis on record times and pacers are mandatory for safety reasons.
















Click the icon to download split times and time limits for each age category.  These are in an Excel spreadsheet format that can be viewed and printed or, alternatively, there is the option to save the file so that it can be customised to your personal pace and start time - see notes at the bottom of the spreadsheet.

It should be noted that, whereas the over 50 and over 55 split times are based on actual times, the times for the other age categories have been extrapolated from those times.

The official recorder, Monica Shone, also has a selection of actual times for contenders in each age group that can be used for planning and guidance.


To obtain official details of the JNLC including specific requirements for ratifying attempts and sample schedules please contact the official co-ordinator, Monica Shone as shown.  

By email: tyshone@btinternet.com

By post to: Mrs Monica Shone, Swyn y Gwynt, Penmynydd, Menai Bridge, Isle of Anglesey, LL59 5RX.  Please enclose an SAE


The object of this website is to provide a single, ready source of information on the ultra-distance challenges which have been developed over the past three or more decades. It now offers a diverse range of long and "short", old and recent, formal and informal routes from around the UK to encourage runners of all ages and abilities to have a go.
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Please send details and a schedule of any record-breaking runs and the like to Martin Stone who maintains records on behalf of the Fell Runners Association.  Email: martin.stone@sportident.co.uk
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