Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Joss Naylor Dinner

We were in Wasdale last weekend for the Joss Naylor Dinner which took place in The Bridge Inn, Stanton Bridge at the mouth of Wasdale. This completed a journey that started almost 7 years earlier at the Wasdale Head Inn at the head of Wasdale where I first mentioned a desire to complete an ultra distance run across the fells in the Lake District. I didn’t really have any idea what would be involved but I did start running again and get myself fit enough to tackle long days out on the fells. Eventually, on 18th April 2009 I found myself at Pooley Bridge for the start of the 48 mile, 18,000 feet journey over the 30 Lakeland summits that make up the “Joss Naylor Lakeland Challenge”. It was just a perfect day and I reached Greendale Bridge well within my allowed time of 15 hours for congratulations and a handshake from Joss. There are more details here.

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The entire journey finally ended  with another handshake from Joss when he presented my engraved tankard to recognise the achievement.

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A few weeks later, at the end of May, I helped a club mate, Ed Swift, complete his run in conditions far more difficult than those I enjoyed. Ed was there on Saturday to receive his tankard too. There are some details of Ed’s “Joss” here along with a link to his own blog which contains more photographs and contributions from others involved on the day.

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  1. Good to see you both looking proud with your tankards, well done it was a pleasure to be involved in both your attempts. Karl

  2. Karl, you made a particularly significant contribution to mine, not only running from Pooley Bridge to Sty Head but also bringing Duncan and Rhiannon along too.

    Thanks again.