Wainwright boy wants to complete peak walks again

Leo holding a medal which marks him climbing all 214 peaks
Leo climbed his 214th Wainwright on Sunday [Handout]

A nine-year-old boy with Tourette's syndrome who has just conquered all 214 Wainwrights in the Lake District is setting out to climb them once again.

Leo, from Allonby, completed his final fell, Silver How, on Sunday.

His father Michael Mason said a lot of people had joined them on the hike and the atmosphere had been fantastic.

He said Leo now wants to complete the full set of peaks, named after writer Alfred Wainwright, in a quicker time.

"We're excited to finish one round, but we're looking forward to starting the next one," Mr Mason said, adding: "It's a really nice feeling.

"On Tuesday we're starting them all over again."

It is hoped Leo will climb all 214 Wainwrights again by the end of the year.

"Leo likes a challenge and he likes to see if he can be a bit quicker than he was before," his father added.

"We are looking forward to revisiting some we haven't done in a long time," he said.

Leo was diagnosed with Tourette's two years ago and Mr Mason has said they found fresh air and exercise dramatically reduced his involuntary tics.

"When Leo was diagnosed with Touette's, there was a moment where we didn't know how to handle it at first," Mr Mason said.

"Then we just sort of grew with it and realised it's not going to hold him back from anything actually," he added.

Leo and his dad Michael after climbing Silver How on Sudnay
Dad Michael said Leo had inspired him [Handout]

Mr Mason said people had been messaging them "daily" to say Leo had inspired them to get their "boots back on" and get out again.

He added: "It has just been absolutely amazing, he's such a good lad and he's inspired me actually.

"He's helped me a lot through this journey."

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