‘I’ve invested about 30-days on the route meticulously learning, and ultimately memorising each of the rock climbs and the running route,’ explained Shane. ‘Having that detailed knowledge of the climbs is essential to enable the routes to be climbed safely when tired. Likewise, the knowledge of the running route allowed me to run free of any map and without any concerns about how I’d get to the next crag.’
As an ex-professional climber, Shane is known for bold ascents and free-soloing routes up to E7. In 2003, along with climbing partner John Arran, Shane formulated a mad-cap plan for an endurance challenge, soloing 500 routes in a day in the Peak District – ultimately he soloed 502. Around this time Shane began winding down his professional climbing career, venturing more and more into endurance running developing a penchant for gruelling mountain marathons. He has completed a record solo and unsupported midwinter Bob Graham Round and held the winter Ramsay Round record between 2008 and 2012. Classic Rock it seems, was a logical next step.
It’s extremely satisfying to get this challenge done and relive the very visceral experience of soloing, which defined my early career as a pro climber
The previous self-supported record of 10 hours 41 minutes on the Lakes Classic Rock round was held by Cumbrian climber and fell-runner Will Birkett, after a hard-fought battle between him and Tom Randall in 2020.
‘There has only been a handful of climbers to complete the round, only three in under 12 hours, and not one of them can comprehend soloing it all in running shoes! Shane has taken the challenge to the next level,’ says Will, who has also completed the 60-mile, 21 route North Wales leg of the round.