David Butterfield

Two athletes who took on the fells – and won

Blencathra overlooking Threlkeld, Picture credit: Getty

In a summer where sport as we know it has been cruelly cancelled, opportunities to celebrate athletic heroism are hard to seek. But today, not one but two titanic achievements occurred independently – and only a few miles from each other. Both have a strong chance of being the country’s most impressive running feats of the coming decade, if boasting weren’t anathema to them.

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