The Bob Graham Round in the English Lake District is seen by many as one of the great fell and mountain running challenges.
First achieved by Bob Graham himself in 1932, the 66 mile route takes in 42 mountains and climbs over 26,000 ft in height.
To be part of the exclusive Bob Graham 24 Hour Club, you must complete this circuit in under 24 hours. On average, only one in four attempts end successfully.
However, the route itself is spectacular and the Run Venture team are pleased to offer you the chance to run this route at a more relaxed pace over five days.
The route is nicely split into five legs of between 11 and 15 miles, giving you the opportunity to run the same route as the man himself without the pressure of time.
However, this is still an arduous undertaking for even the fittest of runners as the route climbs and descends steep mountains, including the highest in England. The terrain, the cumulative effect of running over mountains for five days, and the unpredictable weather can push you to your limit.
To that end, included in this adventure is an assessment/ training day on Dartmoor where the instructor will ensure you will have the kit, skills and fitness to complete the challenge.
There is no pressure to complete all the days, and if you wish to sit out any of the route, there is the option to stay at the accommodation and/ or explore the local town of Keswick.
Travel to Keswick and return to Devon
Private house accommodation (shared twin rooms)
Breakfast, lunch and snacks on the hills, evening meal
Drop off and pick up to the start and finish of each day's run
Five fully supported and guided runs by qualified mountain leaders
Pre-course information sheet
Kit and equipment discount voucher for any of the Run Venture stores
Training and assessment day
Day 1: Travelling up from Devon in the Run Venture bus, we will arrive in Cumbria at our accommodation for the week, a Victorian town house, in time for an evening meal.
Day 2: After breakfast and a kit check, a short walk takes us to the start of leg 1 in Keswick. On completion of running over three mountains, a short drive takes us back to the accommodation.
Day 3: Short drive to the start of leg 2 after breakfast and on completion of a longer run over 12 mountains, we will get picked up at Dunmail Raise.
Day 4: As before but a longer more arduous leg 3 over England’s highest mountain plus 14 others. Pick up at Wasdale.
Day 5: After a relaxing drive back out to Wasdale, leg 4 starts with a steep incline followed by a group of rugged mountains before descending to Honister Pass.
Day 6: After transport in the morning back to the stunning pass, the final leg is a less strenuous run over three mountains and lanes back to Keswick to complete the route. The afternoon can be spent relaxing by Derwent Water or shopping in Keswick.
Day 7: After a leisurely start, it’s time for a gentle drive back home to Devon.
Day 1: 12.3 miles, 5,125 feet of ascent, 5 hours of trail running
Day 2: 13 miles, 6,020 feet of ascent, 7 hours of trail running
Day 3: 17 miles, 6,640 feet of ascent, 10 hours of trail running
Day 4: 10.3 miles, 4,846 feet of ascent, 8 hours of trail running
Day 5: 10.5 miles, 2,326 feet of ascent, 4 hours of trail running
Sunday 28 May to Saturday 3 June 2023
Meet 7am at Run Venture Tavistock (pick up on route available... Ask for details)
Assessment/training date TBC
There are only six places available on this trip so booking early is essential. Contact Colin on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The cost is £1,000 per person (deposit of £250 required at point of booking).