I wanted to raise some money for charity this year and I am supporting Cancer Research UK,
(in memory of my younger sister Julie),
The Motor Neurone Disease Association
(in memory of a good friend Anne Allan and to support Helen Brunton),
and The North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team
(in memory of good friends Jon Trafford and Stephen Jones).
Way back in 1990 the legendary Lake District fell runner Joss Naylor devised
a challenge for the "over 50" fell runner.
It was to traverse 30 Lakeland summits between Pooley Bridge
and Joss Naylors home at Greendale Bridge near Wasdale.
It was 48 miles long, north east to south west across the Lake District tops and it meant 17,000 feet of climbing !
Since then its become known as "THE JOSS" !
I am attempting to complete the Joss on Saturday 17/6/17.
It's a time limited challenge and I have to complete the route inside 15 hours to receive one of the coveted JNC tankards (originally sponsored by another legend Chris Brasher who regarded Joss Naylor as "the greatest ever fell runner" - fittingly the tankards are now sponsored by Jennings Brewery!).
Now the road runners reading this will think "48 miles divided by 15 = ONLY 3.2 miles per hour" but believe me it's not quite as simple as that! Now factor in, FITNESS, AGE, ASCENT, DESCENT
(59 year old knees don't bounce any more!),TERRAIN, WEATHER, NAVIGATION, FOOD & DRINK etc.
Anyone who has done a "proper" fell race will know what I mean !
If you want to know more about the JOSS, details
(including the various time limits for both ladies and gents)
can be found here;
You might read this and be daft enough to fancy a go at it
(but only if your old enough!).
If you can spare some cash any sponsorship would really be appreciated
and my Virgin Money Giving page is here;
Thanks for reading this and please, if you donate, can you leave me a message on my page because your support is going to keep me going when it get's tough - and the only thing I know for sure about this challenge is that it WILL be tough !
Thanks in anticipation,
0789 6055 794