What is a Bob Graham Round?.......
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.
According to the Wikipedia entry, the total distance, depending on the route, is between 63 and 66 miles, although “several 20th Century sources (including the 42 Peaks booklet) erroneously state the distance to be 72 miles”, and the total climb is 27,000 ft. The choice of 42 peaks allegedly represents Bob’s age at the time he first ran it. By the end of 2012, 1,783 successful rounds had been completed. The record was set by Billy Bland in 1982**, a staggering 13 hrs 53 mins.
The following websites all have information regarding the Bob Graham:-
A number of Harriers have completed this incredibly daunting challenge over the years, some of which have written race reports:-
We should also mention two “honorary Harriers”, good friends and associates, and who were supported by club members during their attempts.
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