The Bob Graham Round

Our Bob Graham Round poster celebrates, as much as anything, the sport of fell running, which can be argued as Cumbria's 'national' sport.

The challenge of 'fell bagging' has been around for a long time, but in some ways it was Bob Graham a guest house owner from Keswick who defined the 42 peaks in 1932.

It wasn't until 1960 that the record was bettered, by Alan Heaton and his run and the four alternative fells he peaked are now accepted as the ones that define 'The Bob Graham Round'.

The route begins and ends at Keswick's Moot Hall and covers 66 miles of running and an ascent of 26,900 feet (8,200m). Heaton's time in 1960 was 22 hours 18 minutes. Borrowdale's Billy Bland held the record for 36 years with a time of 13 hours 53 minutes before it was finally broken by Kilian Jornet in 2018 wiping just over an hour off the record.

Jasmin Paris and Billy Bland

Jasmin Paris holds the ladies record with a time of 15.24, beating Nicky Spinks' record but Nicky, in her 'wisdom' became the first woman to do the 'double' round in 2016 with an amazing time of 45 hours and 30 minutes. 

So our poster features the 42 peaks and their heights together with a rendering of the famous Moot Hall in Keswick.


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