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There Is No Map in Hell

The Record-Breaking Run Across the Lake District Fells
Narrated by: John Burns
Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)
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Summary

In 1986, the legendary fell runner Joss Naylor completed a continuous circuit of all 214 Wainwright fells in the Lake District, covering a staggering distance of over 300 miles - plus many thousands of metres of ascent - in only seven days and one hour. Those in the know thought that this record would never be beaten. It is the ultimate British ultramarathon. The person taking on this superhuman challenge would have to be willing to push harder and suffer more than ever before. There Is No Map in Hell tells the story of a man willing to do just that.

In 2014, Steve Birkinshaw made an attempt at setting a new record. With a background of nearly 40 years of running elite orienteering races and extreme-distance fell running over the toughest terrain, if he couldn't do it, surely no one could. But the Wainwrights challenge is in a different league: Aspirants need to complete two marathons and over 5,000 metres of ascent every day for a week.

With a foreword by Joss Naylor, There Is No Map in Hell recounts Birkinshaw's preparation, training, and mile-by-mile experience of the extraordinary and sometimes hellish demands he made of his mind and body, and the physiological aftermath of such a feat. His deep love of the fells, phenomenal strength, and tenacity are awe inspiring, and testimony to athletes and onlookers alike that "in order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd."

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Ultra running at the extreme

A wonderful account of the record-breaking 320 miles (515km) run of all the Wainwright peaks in just six days and 13 hours. An inspirational and humane story of mind over body.

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Inspiring

Just the most inspiring and heartwarming story. Steve just gets on with being Steve, the context of his childhood against what he does on the hills is brilliantly written by himself and numerous references. Very enjoyable five hours spent listening to this.

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Great subject painful delivery

Full of anticipation for this one , I live in the Lake District know all the runs and fells being described spent a lot of time out there however I was so disappointed . The man is obviously a machine and totally amazing at what he does best seriously bow down to him in that respect . The delivery though for me just too monotone and dull he doesn't sound spontaneous and excited . Bit of a let down for me anyway .