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ULTRA-DISTANCE CHALLENGES

The Bob Graham Round                                       The UK Big 3 Rounds


















Red Pike, Wasdale, 2710' - copyright Ian Charters 2012

Fell running is one of the great sporting traditions of the Lake District and, perhaps, its finest institution is the Bob Graham Club.  Becoming a member involves climbing 42 peaks within 24 hours in a round which includes some 66 miles of mountain terrain and 27000 feet of ascent.  For information on the Bob Graham Club go to their official website; for guidance on how to go about doing it go to Bob Wightman’s BGR web pages; for inspiration and encouragement read Richard Askwith’s Feet in the Clouds and, for a complete history of the BG Club and the Lake District 24 hour fell-walking record, get hold of a copy of 42 Peaks – The story of the Bob Graham Round.

No mention of the BGR would be complete without a tribute to the late Fred Rogerson and the late Harry Griffin, who both founded the Club in 1971, and to the Heaton brothers, Alan and Ken, who were the first to equal then improve on Graham’s 1932 record.  The BGR has become the benchmark for all peak-bagging runs and it has gone on to inspire countless attempts as well as numerous other mountain challenges throughout the UK.  It is a legacy that gives them a lot to answer for!

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Schedule

Click on the icon to download summit details and a sub-24 hour schedule.  This is in an Excel spreadsheet format that can be viewed and printed or, alternatively, there is the option to save the file so that it can then be customised to your personal pace and start time - see the notes at the bottom of the spreadsheet.

This is an automatic version of the above schedule  provided by Nick Smith. It will allow you to insert any clock start time and to change the split times between summits and then automatically reschedule all the clock times to reflect those changes.

Registration

Contenders  must register in advance with the Membership Secretary, Bob Wightman.  Every runner must be accompanied on every summit for verification purposes.  Following completion of the round within 24 hours contenders  should submit a Ratification of Membership form. Both the Registration and Ratification forms are available on the official website together with The Club's Guidance Notes - see link below.

Links and Further information

□   The Bob Graham Club - the official website which includes downloadable guidance notes and a ratification form as well as a full list of all members and notable achievements.  

□   Bob Wightman's BGR web pages - a comprehensive guide on everything from how to go about it including planning, training and FAQs to it's early history, the latest records and extended rounds for 50 at 50, 55 at 55 and 60 at 60.

□   The UK Big 3 records - an overview of the BGR, CRR and PBR.  

□   Feet in the Clouds, Richard Askwith (Aurum, 2004) - a book that captures the spirit of both the BGR and the sport of fellrunning as well as its history.  Already a classic.

□   42 Peaks -The Story of the Bob Graham Round, Buckley, Covell and Smith (2005)
Available from good Lakeland book and outdoor shops.

□   Bob Graham Round, 1:40,000 map (Harvey Map Services Ltd, 2009)

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