268 miles is the length of the Pennine Way from Edale in the Peak District to Kirk Yetholm, just inside the Scottish Border. Popular with walkers and fell runners who will challenge themselves to complete the route over several days. The route that Dave will be taking will start at Kirk Yetholm, running down the country to Edale.
In July 1989 Mike Hartley set the record running the 268 miles. He ran without stopping for sleep. In fact, he stopped only twice for 18 minutes each time, one time for fish chips in Alston! The Way took its toll on his feet – he ran the last 40 miles with a borrowed size 10 shoe on his (ordinarily) size 8 right foot. The record is regarded as the absolute record.
In May 2018 Dave Stevens will aim to beat Mike’s long standing record. It is a huge challenge and one that in 2016 Pavel Polency, an Ultra Runner from the Czech Republic and winner of the Montane Spine Race, attempted but retired with 59 miles to go realising he had fallen behind the pace.