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Joss talks runners through their paces

by Editor
Tuesday 4th August 2015
Tags  Wild Running   |   Running camp   |   Duddon Valley   |   Joss Naylor

Event news: Your chance for a last minute booking for the Wild Running three day running camp in the Duddon Valley from August 7-9, 2015

Wild Running three day running camp in the Duddon Valley from August 7-9, 2015

Fell running legend Joss Naylor will be the star attraction of the first wild running fell camp in the Lake District this weekend.

The 73 year old from Wasdale Head, who has held numerous long distance records across the lakes, will join the Wild Running team for their three day running camp in the Duddon Valley from August 7 to 9.  He will team up with top Ambleside fell runner and Inov8 athlete Ben Abdelnoor, who holds the record for the Lakeland 50, and Wild Running guide and trail runner Ceri Rees.

Wild Running founder Ceri Rees, who now does most of his running on Dartmoor in Devon, said: “Joss Naylor is a hugely authoritative voice on the fells, as well as a number of other things! He will be imparting his wisdom, as well as some of his running tales. He is also great company once you’ve bought him a Guinness and will be joining us for dinner on the second night, after a day’s running in the fells.

“We aim to make this a fun, educational experience, rather than a boot camp for runners. That said, our Lake District camp is for runners who already have a bit of off road experience, whether it’s a trail half marathon or an ultra race but you certainly do not have to be an elite level athlete.”

For some runners, it may be the chance to experience the unique flavour of fell running for the first time, in the spiritual homeland of fell running, over a long weekend. The team aim to vary the routes and distances according to the runners they have but will range from between 10km and 25km.

The Duddon Valley is more secluded than some of its more celebrated neighbouring valleys. Fell running guide Ben Abdelnoor is also an elite athlete who has raced at the highest level in the sport and knows the surrounding valleys like the back of his hand.

Runners will spend two nights staying at the rustic Wallabarrow camping barn in the tranquil Duddon Valley and venture off towards Coniston, Scafell and Grasmere on different days. On the third night, they will camp at a location somewhere in the valley. All food (which will cater for all diets) will be locally sourced and cooked fresh. Anyone who wants to enter Saturday’s Turner Landscape fell race, which starts in Seathwaite, can do so and will be taken on a recce of the route on Friday upon request.


The cost for the camp is at cost price for last minute bookings, which is £100 plus a small donation to one of Joss’ charities but organisers will also accept group bookings of two or more at a further ten per cent discount rate, bookable by contacting Wild Running at [email protected]

Partners who do not wish to run but who want to stay in the same venue, are also invited at half price. This includes everything on the itinerary, apart from the runs.

You can read more here www.wildrunning.co.uk/camps/wild-running-camp-lake-district/

Joss Naylor Biog:

Joss ran over 72 Lakeland peaks and nearly 100 miles inside 24 hours in 1975. He strode around a 105-mile circuit of the lakes and waters of the Lakeland in less than 20 hours in 1983.

His ascent and descent of Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England, was another triumph. Many doubt that his record of 47 minutes will ever be beaten.

There is simply too much to say here so read the book Joss, The Life and Times of the Legendary Lake District Fell Runner and Sheep Farmer, by Keith Richardson.


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