Traceless takes inspiration from the Lake District, the Gerry Charnley Round and Gerry Charnley himself. Charnley is little remembered, but was a prolific fell runner, orienteer and climber who founded the Karrimor International Mountain Marathon (KIMM), now the OMM. In his early 50s he tragically died on Helvellyn, his namesake Round was established in his memory by his friends. The ethos of the Round is on self-sufficiency and leaving no trace – the runner is encouraged to plan their own route to visit all the checkpoints, then navigate that route, creating their own line from multiple route choices.
Inspired by the concept of the Gerry Charnley Round and its journey over the Lakeland fells, runners Geoff Cox and Heather Dawe have each spent time recceeing and running the route. Poets, writers and artists as well as fell runners, Traceless is a collaboration between them that celebrates their love for the fells and how spending time in them inspires them creatively.
"... a fine double-twined homage to loved landscapes and a shared means of moving through them" - Robert MacFarlane