Bob Graham Round (A really long run up every high bit in the Lake District)
Posted by John Wadelin on Thursday, 26 May 2016
This Weekend EVRC’s Neil is off on a bit of an epic run in the Lake District. He’s off to run the Bob Graham Round (Liz has done some background info below). There will be some assistance from various EVRC people with navigation, carrying supplies and loobing those sore bits. Richard is in charge of social media updates so keep an eye on twitter https://twitter.com/erewashvalleyrc or our facebook page, there maybe even some Instagram pictures of rain and grizzled men looking in distress applying the aforementioned loob.
Good luck Mr Weightman! Now let’s see if he can take down Phil’s time.
The Bob Graham Round is a 66 mile, 27,000 ft circuit of 42 of the highest peaks in the English Lake District. To be awarded membership of the Bob Graham 'Club', runners have to complete the challenge within 24 hours.
First done way back in 1932 by Bob Graham, hotelier of Keswick, Cumberland, at the age of 42, the 42 Peak Round has become a testing ground for the supremely fit. Each summer around 100 of the most highly tuned ultra-distance fell runners will attempt the 27,000 ft of ascent within the allotted 24 hours. Only one in three will return to the Keswick Moot Hall before the clock runs down. Most of the rest will be back again.
EVRC has a pretty good strike rate in this challenge
Phil Pittson 21:09 1993
Gary Tudbury 21:20 1993
Mike Hawkins 21:39 1989
Mick Lucking 22:00 1982
Nick Evans 22:51 1991
Dave Skidmore 23:24 1994
Nick Lander 23:25 1985 yes he's older than he looks
* In attempt to add context as of the end of 2015 there has been a total of 1975 people that have completed the Bob Graham Round..ever. Every year 500 people reach the summit of Everest, 1000 people finish the Marathon des sables,10,000 people complete the comrades ultra and a few million people run marathons. In the context of tarmac talent if you look in the all time rankings of parkrun to get in the top 1975 you need a sub 16:24, but in terms of the size of cajonas required..Bob wins hands down.- jw
- John W & Liz