U.S. ultrarunner John Kelly has set a brand new file for finishing a spherical of the Wainwright fells 214 peaks within the U.Okay. The problem includes 36,000m (118,110 ft) of ascending throughout 523 kilometres. He posted a time of 5 days, 12 hours and 14 minutes–11 hours sooner than the earlier file set by Sabrina Verjee in June 2021.
It was candy redemption for Kelly, as he arrived again within the city of Keswick, on Saturday night, after working 523 km (320 miles) over the 214 Lakeland peaks. In July 2021, Kelly needed to abort his Wainwrights try after struggling a foot damage.
The Wainwrights encompass 214 mountain peaks inside Britain’s Lake District Nationwide Park–all peaks besides one are taller than 1,000 toes (304 metres). Traversing all of the Wainwrights in a single consecutive run includes 523 kilometres of distance and ascending 36,000 metres. Since Alfred Wainwright’s Pictorial Information to Lakeland Fells was revealed within the Fifties, summiting these peaks has turn out to be a aim for a lot of British ultrarunners. The principles of the Wainwrights file are easy: runners should begin and end within the city of Keswick, positioned within the nationwide park, they usually can take any route, so long as they summit every of the 214 peaks.
Kelly, 37, is known for being the final man to finish the Barkley Marathons in 2017. There have been no finishers of the race since. On the 2022 Barkley, Kelly accomplished the enjoyable run (which is three loops) earlier than bowing out.
This Wainwrights FKT marks Kelly’s tenth as an ultrarunner. He additionally has the quickest identified time on Pennine Approach Nationwide Path (northbound and southbound), The “Large Three” Rounds and throughout the Nice Smoky Mountains, which border Tennessee and South Carolina.