John Kelly breaks Wainwrights Round RecordNewsflash

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John Kelly has settled unfinished business before returning to the US by breaking Sabrina Verjee's record for a continuous round of the Wainwrights. His time, still unconfirmed at this point, was 5 days, 12 hours, 14 minutes, and 42 seconds, meaning he broke the record by roughly 11 hours.

John had attempted the route - 214 Lakeland fells, 500kms, and 36,000m of ascent - last year but was hindered by extreme temperatures and problems with his feet.

The 37-year-old set off from Moot Hall in Keswick on Monday 2nd May. Compared to last year's attempt where there was a call out for people to ferry water up to John on the fells, the round went relatively smoothly. He had decent weather throughout the week and managed to get ahead of foot problems before they became an issue. He was also making micro-changes to Steve Birkinshaw's blueprint from 2014 in order to get some marginal gains.

During his time spent in the UK, John has been an exceptional member of the fell running community, breaking the record for thee 260-mile Pennine Way (twice), completing the Grand Round (a Paddy Buckley, Bob Graham, and Ramsay Round - consecutively, and connected by bike), and winning the Montane Spine Race in 2020. Further afield, he is a rare finisher of the infamous Barkley Marathons.

John was raising funds for Action Medical Research.

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8 May

There may be an other attempt happening at the moment by a female Irish runner.

8 May
8 May

Article says 36,000ft ascent but looks like it should be metres, based on the Strava activity anyway?

Hard to sense check the stats on such a mind boggling run!

9 May

It is metres!

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