Rolls-Royce Harriers Running Club
The Bob Graham Round
Amanda Carter on her successful Bob Graham Round in June 2014, the only lady Harrier to complete the round to date.
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 27,000ft 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 choice of 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 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, this record was finally broken in July 2018 by the Spanish ultra mountain runner Kilian Jornet who set a new record time of 12 hrs 52 mins. The ladies record, set in April 2016 by Jasmin Paris, is an astonishing 15 hrs 24 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.
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.