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The Bob Graham Round – an incredible feat of endurance

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At the weekend, I had the honour of accompanying a friend from Kendal on the fifth and final leg of the Bob Graham Round.  For those that aren’t familiar, this is a fell running challenge of epic proportions, that starts and finishes at the Moot Hall in Keswick, Cumbria.  It’s a 60-66 mile run (depending on your route), taking in 42 peaks and around 27,000 feet of ascent, all to be completed in 24 hours! To put this in context, more people have scaled Everest than successfully completed the Bob Graham Round.

I had the easy option – a 10-mile run from Honister to Keswick, taking in the peaks of Dale Head (2,470 feet), Hindscarth (2,385 feet) and Robinson (2,418 feet).  Probably the easiest of the five legs when taken in isolation, but not of course if you’ve already just done the first four which include a number of peaks of over 3,000 feet (Skiddaw, Helvellyn, Scafell and Scafell Pike).  The weather was fantastic – though possibly not perfect for a Bob Graham attempt since it was so warm – and the views were spectacular.

And, I’m pleased to say, my friend made it in the 24 hours so he officially becomes a member of the Bob Graham 24 Hour Club.  In fact, he did extremely well, completing the challenge in just 21 hours and 23 minutes.

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