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The Steve Parr Round Lakes
Steve Parr (1956 - 1990) - Fellrunner & Mountaineer
(photo courtesy of Antony Speight)
The challenge of linking together all the mountains in Lakes over 2500 feet dates back to the 1960's. Over the years different criteria have been used for selecting the 2500 foot mountains. An outline history of the Lakes 2500's is given on a dedicated gofar page- see link below.
In 2020 following growing interest in the challenge, the FRA adopted Steve Parr's route of 61 peaks which includes the 57 peaks documented by Wainwright as being higher than 2,500 feet and also Broad Crag, Ill Crag, Shelter Crags and Helvellyn Lower Man. This became the benchmark for formally registering completions and record breaking runs of the 2,500ft peaks. The round was named in honour of Steve as he completed the first round in 1984, starting and finishing at the Keswick Moot Hall. He covered some 116 miles and 42550' of ascent in a time of 42 hours 56 minutes, a record that stood for 36 years. An outstanding mountaineer, he tragically disappeared in the Himalayas in 1990 - see links below for tributes and achievements.
Steve Parr's 61 peaks are listed in his 'Beyond the Bob Graham Round' article - see link below. The FRA guidelines for the route are as follows:
You have to visit the Keswick Moot Hall and complete a round of 61 peaks of 2500' and over.
Most folk will choose Steve’s traditional start/finish at Keswick Moot Hall
It is also permissible to start/finish at any point on the round as long as you finish where you started
Choose you own direction of travel, clockwise or anti-clockwise
Visit the peaks in any order so that the route can be further optimised
48 hours is the target time but any continuous round will be recorded
Steve Parr's schedule is included with his 'Beyond the Bob Graham Round' article - see below.
To log completions contact Martin Stone - email: email@example.com
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Links and Further Information
Enquiries and reports - contact Martin Stone, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Beyond the Bob Graham Round - Steve Parr (The Fell Runner, January 1985) - an account of Steve Parr's 1984 run including his schedule
The Lakes 2500's - a summary of different versions and attempts.
Breaking The Steve Parr Round Record - The Lakeland 2,500 Footers, Howard Dracup, 2020 - account of his 42-36-07 run.
The Wainwright peaks - List in height order showing 57 peaks of 2500' and over
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.
HAVE A GO!
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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RECORDS and NEWS
Please send details and a schedule of any record-breaking runs and the like to Martin Stone who maintains records on behalf of the Fell Runners Association. Email: email@example.com
This site is generally updated each winter. These updates will be announced on gofar facebook. If you are not on facebook and wish to subscribe to future updates email: firstname.lastname@example.org and put "subscribe" in the subject line, or "delete" if you wish to unsubscribe.
If you can improve on the accuracy of this resource, offer details of other routes (old and new), spot any errors in grid references, names, heights, spelling or punctuation, or find a link which does not work please contact Tony Wimbush email: email@example.com