Guess My Time - Northern Traverse

With the race not too far away now it is time to open up my traditional ‘Guess My Time’ competition. This one is going to be the  hardest to guess so there will be a slight change to the rules.

I’m really looking forward to running this race. I’ve known about Alfred Wainwright’s Coast to Coast route since the early 1970’s when I was first introduced to Wainwright’s Pictorial Guide to the Lakes. It is a route I always thought I would like to do. Having now done the whole route over three weekends I can confirm it is a varied and really interesting route.

James Thurlow (Open Adventure) has done a great job in creating a race on the route called ‘Northern Traverse’  The full route is 190 miles from St Bee’s in the Lake District to Robin Hood’s Bay in the North Yorks Moors.

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The race starts at 9am on Saturday 12th May 2018 and competitors have until midnight on Wednesday 16th May 2018 to complete the race. That’s 111hrs!

Once again my good friends at have offered a prize for the closest guess. Infact there are two prizes! Katrina and I weren’t able to finish the Hardmoors 55 as it was stopped due to the severe weather. So I asked whether I could roll the prize on to the Northern Traverse so basically there are two prizes. The closest can have first choice …

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Plus a limited edition ‘Guess My Time’ keyring

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Here is the change … as there are two prizes and due to the face that it is going to be so difficult to guess I have decided to let everyone have two guesses!!

So you could have an optimistic one and a realistic (or pessimistic!) one. Or two optimistic one. It’s up to you but you can only win one prize.

As before there is only one guess per time so if your time is taken I’ll ask you to guess again.

To give you an idea here are my bronze, silver and gold times (plus a very optimistic Platinum time!!)

  • Bronze - finish by midday Wednesday (99hrs) so I can catch my train home!
  • Silver - under 81hrs (my good friend Andy Cole finished in 81:28:11 in 2016)
  • Gold - under 72hrs (under 3 days sounds a challenging yet realistic goal)
  • Platinum - under 70hrs (but everything and I mean everything would have to go right!!)

If you want to take part please send your guess by 5pm on Thursday 10th May 2018 by:-

  • leave a comment on this post
  • on my Facebook page
  • Twitter: @jkynaston
  • Text: 07905 218162
  • Instagram: jkynaston
  • Email: [email protected]
  • in person
  • any other imaginative method



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32 Responses to Guess My Time - Northern Traverse

  1. robert snodgrass says:

    69:36 & 84:28
    Good luck John

  2. John Collins says:

    69:44 and 71:44

    Enjoy the adventure!

  3. Daniel Lagorio says:

    73:40 & 76:30
    and the best of luck!

  4. Chris haswell says:


  5. Paul Adams says:

    Hi John, 74:23. 71:54.
    Best of luck!

  6. Christopher Webb says:

    Hi John, 72:29 & 78:45
    Good luck John. Hope the weather is kinder to you this time.

  7. Stuart Waring says:

    Hi John,
    71:45 min and 73:45 min.
    Have a great few days and I hope all goes to plan - Good Luck.

  8. 78:00 and 92:00. I will leave the DNF one to a certain someone that always takes it 🙂

    Will you have dedicated support on route?

  9. 65:55 and 77:55 May you get just the right amount of sleep along the way. And may you find a few people running at your pace to support each other, especially when you pass 100 miles. Roger

  10. Pete says:

    Best of luck John, looks to be an awesome route. My guess is 70:09, and 83:22

  11. Derek Gibson says:

    This sounds like a brutal race to say the least. You clearly like a challenge. Good luck and enjoy.
    Times 73:35 @ 78:10

  12. Jon Cadman says:

    Looking forward to hearing all about the epic adventure John, times: - 71:40 and 76:52 have a wonderful and safe run John, all the very best

  13. Gareth Crabb says:

    72.49 & 75.32 Have a great journey John. I’ve been enjoying the blogs and looking forward to tracking your progress. Good luck !

  14. David says:

    Hi John, have a great one!
    71 hours 56 minutes 15 seconds
    70 hours 09 minutes 35 seconds
    Looking forward to hearing about it!

  15. Gary McLinton says:

    Hi John, Hopefully the weather is kinder than your last race!
    76 hours 54 minutes 32 seconds
    86 hours 54 minutes 32 seconds

  16. Jojo says:

    Good luck. 83:28:28 and 99:59:59.

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