Steve Birkinshaw

Steve Birkinshaw

There is No Map in Hell

Fell runner Steve Birkinshaw will tell how he developed from novice orienteering to elite category ultramarathons covering distances most of us wouldn't walk in a month. His talk is accompanied by beautiful and poignant photos, and culminates in a detailed account of his record-breaking Wainwrights round, where he ran the equivalent of two marathons a day with several thousand metres of ascent, every day for a week. In 2014 he broke the record for completing a 300 mile continuous circuit of all 214 Wainwright fells, in just 6 and a half days.

“There is no Map in Hell will appeal to any fell runner who is familiar with the Lakeland fells or those who have experienced or are planning their own long distance challenge. Rather than being purely full of facts and statistics it gives an insight into the human side of a determined, family man who pushed his body to extraordinary lengths to achieve a running feat that many thought impossible.” fellrunningguide website -

Steve Birkinshaw is a legend within the fell running and ultrarunning communities, both for the extreme distances he can run in the roughest terrain and his ability to push himself to the absolute limit. Born in 1968, he began orienteering by himself at the age of seven. Since then his enthusiasm for running has never diminished, and over forty years later he is still happiest running with a map and compass through bogs and rocks in the wind and rain. He was won many fell races, adventure races and orienteering events, including over twenty wins in the elite class at mountain marathons and victories at the Lakeland 100 and the Dragon's Back Race - the legendary five-day, 300-kilometre run along the mountainous spine of Wales. Steve works for Newcastle University as a hydrologist and has been married to Emma Moody for the past twenty years. They have three children and live near Keswick in the Lake District.

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