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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 comprehensive history of the Bob Graham Round and the Lake District 24 hour fell-running record read Steve Chilton's The 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 that appear on the gofar web site. It is a legacy that gives them a lot to answer for!
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.
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 official website which includes downloadable guidance notes and a ratification form as well as a full list of all members and notable achievements.
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.
An overview of the BGR, CRR and PBR.
The Round - in Bob Graham's footsteps, Steve Chilton (2017)
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.
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)
All the routes on this site require proven mountain running experience. You undertake them entirely at your own risk. Please take full mountain safety precautions at all times. Always ensure you carry sufficient clothing, food and equipment to cope with dramatic changes in the weather conditions! Appropriate insurance cover is recommended.
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The object of this website is to provide a single, ready source of information on the ultra-distance mountain challenges which have been developed over the past three or more decades. It now offers a diverse range of long and "short", old and recent, formal and informal routes from around the UK to encourage runners of all ages and abilities to have a go subject to proven mountain experience in all conditions.
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