FKT: James Gibson - Wainwrights 214 (UK) - 2022-04-07

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In December 2021, ultra runner and outdoor instructor James Gibson made history by becoming the first-ever person to complete a continuous on-foot winter round of Alfred Wainwright's 214 English Lake District peaks. 

Now, just four months later, the inov-8 ambassador is trying to do it all again, only this time – hopefully – without the wild storms and deep snow!

Supported by family and friends, James achieved his incredible 318-mile (512km) Wainwrights adventure in 8 days, 6 hours & 43 mins, amassing around 36,000m of ascent (the equivalent of four times Mount Everest) and setting a winter record in the process.

The 30-year-old from Rydal, near Ambleside, hopes to complete the same route in a faster time on his second attempt and, if possible, push Sabrina Verjee's brilliant overall record of 5 days, 23 hours & 49 mins, set in June last year.

Coached by fellow inov-8 ambassador Paul Tierney – who held the Wainwrights record prior to Sabrina with 6 days, 6 hours & 5 mins in 2019 – James begins his attempt on April 1st from Moot Hall, Keswick. 

 Get to know about James and his challenge in this new blog post by inov-8.