Joss Naylor MBE, legend of the fells, is a man who needs little introduction in the world of Ultrarunning! With multiple records and lots of race wins under his belt, Joss Naylor is one of England’s most famous and inspirational fell runners. Spending the best part of fifty years competing at an elite level Joss has earned and secured his place in the halls of trail running greatness, but how did he become the man he is today?
Ultrarunner Magazine had the honour of speaking with Joss Naylor to discuss his life and running career!
Born in 1936 Joss Naylor grew up in Middle Row, Wasdale Head, where he worked a gruelling routine on the family sheep farm. Long, hard days meant that breakfast first thing was the only meal that Joss would eat until he made his way back home at six o’clock the same evening. Back then, Joss recalls, “taking picnics and water with you during a working day was unheard of”, the common practice was “marching on until the day was done”. The arduous lifestyle of a farmer back in those days may sound shocking to us today but Joss accredits this way of life to building the man he became. His journey to fame along the fells starting on that farm in Middle Row, a first-hand course in true endurance!
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