Joss Naylor & Steve Chilton
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF A FELL RUNNING LEGEND
DATE: TUE JUN 19TH 2018
MAIN SPEAKER - joss naylor
Joss Naylor, MBE (born 10 February 1936 at Wasdale Head) 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.
Joss will talk about his life of running and farming before taking questions from the audience.
All proceeds from Joss's talk will be donated to The Brathay Trust. Brathay Trust works with children, young people and families to help them fulfil their potential and make positive choices. We work with them in their own communities and at our residential centres in the Lake District
Registered charity 1021586
support speaker - steve chilton
The Bob Graham Round: the iconic fell challenge
The talk will cover not just the history of the Bob Graham Round, but also an exploration of the what, why and how of this classic fell endurance challenge. After covering the genesis of the BGR in detail, it will outline its development from a more-or-less idle challenge, first completed by a Keswick guest house owner, to its present status as a rite of passage for endurance runners. Interspersed with this detail of the round are extensive profiles of many of the event’s significant individuals: innovators, record setters, recorders and supporters.