Amanda Carter on her successful Bob Graham Round in June 2014, the only lady Harrier to complete the round to date.
Rolls-Royce Harriers Running Club
The 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 mountain runner. It is a circular route of the Lakeland peaks starting and finishing at Keswick Moot Hall. The total distance, depending on the choice of route, is between 63 and 66 miles and the total climb is around 27,000 ft. The challenge is to complete the entire circuit in under 24 hours.
The record for the round was held by the legendary Lakeland fell runner Billy Bland who set a staggering time of 13 hrs 53 mins in 1982. After standing for 36 years, one of the longest held records in fell running history, this record was finally broken in 2018 by the Spanish ultra mountain runner Kilian Jornet who set a new record time of 12 hrs 52 mins. This record was broken again in 2022 by American runner Jack Kuenzle in a new time of 12 hrs 24 mins. The current ladies record, set by Beth Pascall in 2020, is 14 hrs 34 mins.
A number of Harriers have completed this incredibly daunting challenge over the years, some of whom have written race reports (see links below). The current club records for the round are (male) Robin Carter June 2018 in 19 hrs 6 mins and (female) Amanda Carter June 2014 in 23 hrs 6 mins. In June 2019 Jon Kinder, to celebrate his 50th birthday, completed a '50 at 50' round which is the 42 peaks of the standard bob graham round plus another 8 lakeland peaks in 21 hrs 11 mins, over an hour faster than his previous round in 2015.
Click the links to open their reports as PDF files.
We should also mention two “honorary Harriers”, good friends and associates, and who were supported by club members during their attempts.