Burnley podiatrist is climbing every mountain

Adrian Clark (front left) hands over the money he has for the Moelfre RNLI station in Anglesey.
Adrian Clark (front left) hands over the money he has for the Moelfre RNLI station in Anglesey.

One mountain is not enough for Simonstone podiatrist Adrian Clark to climb, he has tackled 214 in just 39 days!

Intrepid Adrian has walked The Wainwrights which are the 214 hills and mountains described in Alfred Wainwright’s famous guide to the Lakeland fells.

The 48-year-old covered 430 mountain miles and climbed 144,339 feet. He started the challenge in August last year and finished it at the beginning of June, devoting time off work to complete it.

And Adrian even continued the life saving tradition of the charity he was raising money for, the RNLI, when he rescued a French tourist who had got lost.

Adrian, who runs clinics in Padiham and Burnley, said: “He was just wandering around really as he did not know the area very well and was planning to walk to Grasmere but he was 25 miles away from there. It was a late November afternoon and he was wet through and freezing cold.’’

Adrian and his pal, Mark Walker, gave the tourist their spare clothing and walked him off the mountain to the safety of a hotel.

Adrian added: “It was then that he turned to us and said he realised how lucky he had been for us to find him.’’

Along with completing the challenge Adrian, who lives with his wife Anne and their 15-year-old daughter Sophie, has raised the grand total of £1,600 for the Moelfre RNLI station in Anglesey.

This will go towards a £100,000 campaign towards kitting out a new mechanics workshop.

One of the highlights of the walk for Adrian was getting the opportunity to meet the legendary Wainwright record holder Joss Naylor who has run all the 214 tops in just over six days and 11 hours at the grand age of 78!

This recent achievement is something Adrian can add to his list for in recent years he has completed the Menai Straights swim, the 125 mile Anglesey Coastal Path and the Wainwright Coast to Coast Walk all in aid of Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station.