Paul Tierney: Running The Wainwrights Record

Paul Tierney: Running The Wainwrights Record

If you love the Lake District and/or fell running you will enjoy this well made  film by Inov-8 which documents Paul Tierney's attempt to break the 214 wainwright running record. 

The record was previously set by Steve Birkinshaw in 2014 in an astonishing time of 6 days, 13 hours and 1 minute. To put this into context- he managed to summit all 214 Wainwright Lake District fells in this time which involves covering 318 miles and 36,000 meters of ascent. This is like climbing Everest 4 times! 

214 Wainwright Route Map

Birkenshaw and Tierney's 214 Wainwright record run

Steve Birkinshaw’s Wainwright Record route, courtesy of Steve Birkinshaw | Map OPEN TRACKING 

Birkenshaw came up with this route which gave the most direct and fastest route to all the fells. This often didn't involve using paths and as you will see in the film- the running was very rough and steep in places.

Paul Tierney and his team looked at areas of the route that could potentially be made quicker but in the end they pretty much followed the same route as Birkenshaw as he had made such a good job. 

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Did he Break the 214 Wainwright Record? 

You will need to watch the film and find out! 

The film documents just how difficult this challenge is on the human body. Tierney said he only averaged 2 hours sleep every day and said that the lack of sleep was definatley the hardest bit. 

Paul Tierney- 214 Lake District Wainwright Challenge

Photo courtesy of Inov-8

As part of his record breaking attempt Paul was raising charity money for Mind. He has so far raised over £36000 which is still going up and you can still donate here on his just giving page.

Want to Know more about Paul Tierney? 

Paul and his partner have running coaching blindness called Missing Link Coaching which is based in the Lake District. 

Paul Tierney running in the Lake District

Photo courtesy of Inov-8

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