Running the Bob Graham round
The Bob Graham round is often seen as one of the pinnacles of fell running achievement and is one of the most difficult 24-hour challenges there is. The route comprises a clockwise loop of Lake District, taking in 42 of its highest summits, covering 66 miles and climbing 26,000ft in ascent (that is, almost the height of Everest from sea level). Traditionally started from the Moot Hall in Keswick, the challenge is to complete the loop in under 24 hours.
Such a route obviously requires thorough planning and preparation, and one key part of that is recceing parts of the route. The route has become conveniently split up into five legs and it is common to recce each one of these separately. Take the stress of navigation out of your hands and let us show you around one or more of these legs, giving you invaluable information as to which routes are best to take and which are best to avoid over this often pathless terrain. Make a booking or enquiry
Normally, the route is ran clockwise, though this of course is personal preference.
- Leg 1: Keswick to Threlkeld, taking in the summits of Skiddaw, Great Calva and Blencathra.
- Leg 2: Threlkeld to Dunmail Raise, along the Helvellyn range, Fairfield and Seat Sandal.
- Leg 3: Dunmail Raise to Wasdale. This is the longest and roughest underfoot, traversing the Langdale Pikes, Scafell Pike and Scafell.
- Leg 4: Wasdale to Honnister Pass, via Pillar, Kirkfell and Great Gable.
- Leg 5: Honnister Pass to Keswick. The final stretch over Dale Head, Hindscarth and Robinson is the shortest, but if you've done the route clockwise it will probably hurt the most!
Typically, legs of the Bob Graham round are full day runs, but get in touch
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