In June 2019, Paul Tierney set out on an epic attempt to climb all 214 Alfred Wainwright Lake District fells in one continuous run. His goal was to try and better the record time of 6 days 13 hours and 1 minute, set five years earlier by fellow fell runner Steve Birkinshaw. Needing to cover a distance of approximately 318 miles and ascend the equivalent height of four times Mt Everest, Paul knew this was his biggest challenge to date and enlisted the help of friends and family.
Tackling sleep deprivation and all the Lakeland weather could throw at him, what transpired was a story that gripped not only the fell-running and ultra-running communities but also the wider sporting world.
Image: Pete Aylward