Joss Naylor, MBE (born 10 February 1936 at Wasdale Head) is an English fell runner, and a sheep farmer, living in the English Lake District. As his achievements increased he became better known as the King of the Fells or simply the Iron Man. His fell running achievements include successive peak bagging records within the scope of the Bob Graham Round.
He considered the 72 peak Lakeland circuit as his own greatest achievement, setting a record which stood unbroken for 13 years. He was appointed an MBE for his services to sport and charity, and is included as one of Britain’s top 100 sports personalities in the 2007 book Best of British: Hendo’s Sporting Heroes, by sports journalist Jon Henderson. Olympic Gold medal winner and co-founder of the London Marathon Chris Brasher described Joss Naylor as 'The Greatest of Them All', a title he bestowed on Joss when he ran 72 Lake District mountains in 24 hours.
Joss will talk about his life of running and farming before taking questions from the audience.
All proceeds from Joss's talk will be donated to The Brathay Trust. Brathay Trust works with children, young people and families to help them fulfil their potential and make positive choices. We work with them in their own communities and at our residential centres in the Lake District.
Support Speaker - Steve Chilton
The Bob Graham Round: the iconic fell challenge.
The talk will cover not just the history of the Bob Graham Round, but also an exploration of the what, why and how of this classic fell endurance challenge. After covering the genesis of the BGR in detail, it will outline its development from a more-or-less idle challenge, first completed by a Keswick guest house owner, to its present status as a rite of passage for endurance runners. Interspersed with this detail of the round are extensive profiles of many of the event’s significant individuals: innovators, record setters, recorders and supporters.