214 Peaks in 1 Week: Running the Wainwrights

Want to know what it takes to run up and down mountains for 6 days straight? Watch this runner conquer the feat.

In 2019, Paul Tierney set out on an epic adventure to summit all 214 of the Alfred Wainwright Lake District peaks in northwest England in one go. Believe it or not, someone had already done it — so Tierney’s goal was to beat the record time of 6 days, 13 hours, and 1 minute.

Running the Wainwrights meant Tierney had to cover a distance of approximately 318 miles. He also had to conquer a total elevation gain equivalent to four times the height of Mt. Everest. If it sounds intense, it is.

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And that’s not even factoring in the added challenges of extreme weather, sleep deprivation, and sore muscles along the way. Thankfully, Tierney had a support team.

The film premiered today at noon.

Mary Murphy

Mary is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and is based in GearJunkie's Denver, Colo. office. She has a degree in English and journalism, and has a background in both newspaper and magazine writing. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to skiing to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.

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