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Steve Birkinshaw recently completed Alfred Wainwright’s 214 Lake District summits in just 6 days and 13 hours.

The stats alone are of heroic proportions: 516km and 36,300m of ascent, in just 6 days and 13 hours. These are the staggering numbers behind fell runner Steve Birkinshaw’s new record for completing Alfred Wainwright’s 214 Lake District summits this June.

Put another way, the Berghaus-supported athlete’s attempt was the equivalent of running two marathons and climbing up and down Ben Nevis four times a day, for six days, all over rough, sometimes rocky terrain.

The Cumbrian local smashed the previous record of 7 days, one hour and 25 minutes set by Joss Naylor in 1987. Birkinshaw took on the challenge to raise money for the Samson Centre where his younger sister, Hilary is treated. She was diagnosed with MS 10 years ago.

For more on the record and to donate to the Samson Centre, go to