A LAKE District vet and ultra runner is on-schedule in her quest to break the record for running all 214 Wainwright peaks in the shortest time.

Sabrina Verjee, from Ambleside, set off on the 525km route, which will see her tackle 36,000m of ascent, on Friday.

She was attempting to become the first person to complete the challenge in under six days.

The previous record of six days and six hours was set by Paul Tierney in 2019.

Poor weather in the fells may hold her back but Mrs Verjee, 40, remains on course to beat Mr Tierney’s time.

Mrs Verjee completed the epic 214-peak run last year, becoming the first woman do to so.

However, she subsequently said her attempt should not constitute a women’s record because she was forced to lean on supporters for parts of the run after suffering a knee injury.

Prior to this year’s attempt, Mrs Verjee said: “Despite the injury, last year’s journey around the Wainwrights was a wonderful experience and I’ve been planning to repeat it ever since, but in even better style.

“My aim is to complete my round in under six days or, at the very least, faster than last time.

“I have a very special team of close friends willing me along and it’s that element that means the most to me.

“Running is an amazing sport for mental health – for me it’s not actually about setting a record at all, but about the enjoyment, the camaraderie and the support team.

“This is a team effort – like football with one person scoring the goal, but the whole team wanting the same thing.

“Our fingers are crossed that the weather will be kind and that my body behaves!”

Mrs Verjee is scheduled to finish at around midday Thursday.