ONE of the UK’s most successful ever adventure racers is on schedule to break a 27-year-old record set by a legendary Lake District fell runner.

Threlkeld’s Steve Birkinshaw is tonight expected to complete a circuit taking in each of the 214 hills or mountains that feature in Alfred Wainwright’s seven volume Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells.

And if he arrives in Keswick, as expected, at about 11pm he will have beaten the record for the feat established by Wasdale shepherd Joss Naylor in 1987 of seven days, one hour and 25 minutes.


His supporters say that he is starting to suffer now but is determined to finish as planned.

He set off from Keswick last Saturday in a bid to complete the 214 tops, with 512 kilometres of distance, including 36,000 metres of ascent, 11 hours ahead of the time set by Joss.

Anyone who wants to is welcome to join him for the final few miles into Keswick but should keep an eye on and plan accordingly.