Ultra tough: The Lakes 24-hour record spans approximately 110 miles and is equivalent to climbing Mount Everest one and a half times!
Adam first tried ultra distance fell-running at the age of 19, when he attempted the Bob Graham Round (a 66 mile circuit over 42 of the Lake District's highest summits, including 27,000 ft of elevation gain) in June 2007 with his Dad. Defeated by wind and rain, Adam admitted that it would have been easy at that moment to say: "good effort, Adam, let’s leave this long distance fell running lark to those that know what they’re doing." However, they dug deep and found the determination needed to attempt the route again in 2008, becoming the first father and son to run the 66 mile circuit.
Fast forward to 2017, and Adam is preparing for his fourth attempt at one of the longest-standing ultra running challenges in England - The Lake District 24 hour record. Set by Mark Hartell in 1997, the 20-year-old Lake District record involves traversing 77 peaks or more within a 24 hour time limit. Roughly following the Bob Graham Round, the route will take Adam across peaks which are required to be over 2000 ft high, at least 0.25 miles apart and involve at least 250 ft of descent.
Adam is the current record holder of the 65 km 4 Inns race in the Peak District, three times winner of the 100 km Fellsman in the Yorkshire Dales, amongst other UK outdoor races. Adam's love for running has taken him to some fantastic locations, from hidden valleys to wild moors, and has increased his appreciation for nature and the benefits of outdoor activities.
During his attempt to break the 24-hour record, Adam will require the support of an entire team to feed him whilst on the move, to help with navigation and offer moral support. There is no margin for error, and Adam must ensure he is physically and mentally prepared for the challenge.
Joint founder and director, Colin Adams, describes why Mount Cook has chosen to support Adam in this considerable feat:
Adam will attempt the 24-hour Lake District record on 13th May 2017, with the support of Mount Cook who will provide kit and help with the logistics of this massive challenge.