Naylor's Run

Posted in Through the Lens by Matt Ward on Mon 18 Jul '11


Here is something to take you away from the Monday grind. We stumbled on this short film on fell running legend and Wasdale shepherd Joss Naylor, which perfectly captures one of world’s purest sports…

Filmed around Joss’ 60 at 60 run, as the Wasdale man attempted 60 peaks on his 60th birthday, in just 36 hours – from Walna Scar to Glenridding, a distance of 105 miles with over 40,000feet of ascent! The film also records Joss’ thoughts on his injuries, running longevity and his feelings for this magical area of the British Isles.


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  1. Nick Smith Jul 18, 01:57 PM

    It’s a short clip from a DVD that is still available at

  2. Bill Jul 18, 04:25 PM

    Wasdale and shepherd

  3. Matt MST Jul 18, 04:29 PM

    Hi Bill, apologies he is a shepherd, I’ll correct that.

    I think it says on the film that he is a Borrowdale man, and has his home / farm in Wasdale?

  4. Bill Jul 18, 04:47 PM

    Born and bred at Middle Row farm Wasdale in 1936, his parents moved there from Caldbeck 10 years earlier

  5. Matt MST Jul 18, 04:51 PM

    Thanks again Bill, amended and noted!

  6. Tony Mollica Jul 19, 02:40 AM

    What a great 60th birthday celebration! I salute Mr. Naylor! Way to go!

  7. Eddie Dealtry Jul 21, 12:02 PM

    “You’ve got to watch these stones, like when you’re building a wall”.

    Aye, right. And how do you build a dry stone wall, Joss?

    A great feat, made to look easy until compared to the speed of those pacers keeping up behind.

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