The beautiful village of Tattenhall in Cheshire
James Jenkin: May 2016
In 1932 an hotelier of Keswick, Bob Graham, established what is now one of the country's ultimate tests of endurance, namely a circuit of 42 of the highest peaks in the Lake District completed inside 24 hours.
This challenge for the supremely fit involves 66 miles and 27,000 feet of ascent (not far off the height of Everest) and though hundreds attempt the route each summer, only 1 in three successfully complete what is known as the Bob Graham Round!
This is a race only against the clock and on 28 May, Tattenhall Runner, Simon Duckett, has set himself the challenge of joining other Tattenhallers who have completed the Round in the past.
Simon is a cardiology consultant and is attempting the challenge for, and on behalf of, SADS (Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome), aiming to raise £4000 for this worthy charity. Amongst other things the charity provides defibrillators for schools and sport venues.
Simon's training is well in hand and you can CLICK HERE to follow his preparations.
The effort requires extreme physical and mental strength and stamina and considerable logistic preparation and he has already completed 7 long reconnaissance runs in the Lakes, the last being on Friday. The weather was glorious and 6 other Tattenhallers joined Simon to train over part of the route and gain some ever needed practice running up and down mountains!
L to R — back — Rob Arden, Simon Duckett, Rob Chambers, James Jenkin, Mark Smith; front — Kate Lightfoot, Alli Grundy.
In case anyone felt like supporting Simon in this mammoth effort, you can CLICK HERE to make a contribution.
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