Bob Graham Round

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07/09/2012 at 21:20

Did section1 on wed and loved it.  After five visits to the lakes Ive finally had a few days of sun and clear skies....I guess 1/5 is par for the Lakes though!

Hate the run down Great Gable and through the Caldew, then up Marstang.  This time I tried the direct route down through Heather which is just as slow as the steep drop to the beck.  The view from the tip of Halls Fell is something else though, awsome.  Anyone based in Keswick can run back from Threlkeld along the disused railway line which is a popular walk.

08/09/2012 at 20:26

Well Done Daz!   (I think you mean Great Calva and Mungrisdale  )

Leg 1 was the first one I recce'd (coming up for 3 years ago now)
I did it by parking in Threlkeld and getting the bus to Keswick, saved having to do the flat jog back afterwards (I hate flat!)

worked out that I have a few days leave saved up, so will be able to do one or two big training days each month after October - they'll be weekdays chosen mainly at short notice of good weather...

13/09/2012 at 19:14

I wish I had the ability to do this. People are keen on saying that you can do anything if you put your mind to it but I'm sure that this is well beyond my capabilities. I stick to shorter fell races because I don't want the marshalls to be out there in all weathers waiting for me to come plodding along an hour or more behind the leaders.

14/09/2012 at 11:05

I came dead last in two fell races this year (Teenager With Altitude and Ennerdale Horseshoe) and I got timed out on Old County Tops
going that slow is actually good training for BG


14/09/2012 at 12:58

If going slow is good, I should break the record!

14/09/2012 at 12:58

I'm realising (just one a few sections) how tough the challenge really is.  Even to get a

16/09/2012 at 22:59

"Even to get a..." what now?

18/09/2012 at 18:42

The thought of the challenge must have made me back out.  I have no idea what I was going to say there.

21/09/2012 at 12:59

nearly managed a hat-trick of last places last Saturday when I was 78th out of 79 finishers on the Peris Horseshoe fell race in Snowdonia - 17.5M/8500ft in 6 hours 14 minutes, making an average of 21:30 mins per mile, which is a good "BG Shuffle" pace
basically I did the equivalent of roughly a quarter of a BG - just need to train up for the other 3/4 over the winter...


27/09/2012 at 13:36

last weekend did what I describe as a "Half Day Out"
about 5 1/2 hrs around Kinder including 5 ascents thereof, totalling about 5000ft

might have a day off work next week to do a "Full Day Out"
looking to do 8+ hrs in proper mountains (probably Snowdonia)...


16/10/2012 at 13:51

yesterday took day off work and did 9 hours out in the Lakes
just finished contour-counting my route to 6500ft ascent
felt surprisingly good on it - think I'm definitely geting more "hill fit"


11/12/2012 at 15:40

had a "calm before the storm" month in November, taking it relatively easy and logging only 113M

December-April will be 5 months of "proper" training
recently done 3 decent days in a 2 week period:
6 hours around Calder Valley (inc 3200ft ascent)
6 hours around Kinder (4500ft)
8 hours in Lakes (4800ft)


Edited: 11/12/2012 at 15:43
03/01/2013 at 14:22

December totalled 155 Miles/26000ft ascent, so a good kick-start to my BG training

set a date now: Friday 17th May



03/01/2013 at 14:26

Set a time? 19:00 seems to be popular... I like the idea of the quiet 01:00 sneak off in to the hills!

03/01/2013 at 15:40

6:30pm start
should juuust get down off Blencathra in the twilight
and I've got a crack leg2 night-navigator
but I'm already dreading Clough Head!


03/01/2013 at 15:57

I supported leg 2 on a 19:00 start. I enjoyed it, pretty poor visibility when we were up there but a good section. The guy I was supporting was pretty solid on his navigation which was ideal as I didn't know much of the route at all!

10/01/2013 at 17:22

took day off work yesterday and did Leg 1 plus Clough Head - 7100ft ascent, all pretty much at target pace, so happy with that at this stage, given that come 17th May:
a) I'll be fitter
b) I'll've lost 10lbs in weight
c) I won't be carrying a heavy backpack
d) the ground won't be as squishy


03/02/2013 at 00:57

'nother "LDO" (Long Day Out) on Friday

20 Miles around the Coniston massif
7000ft ascent
coped well with the repeated ascents/overall distance/time out, so boding well...

03/02/2013 at 11:05
Sounds like the prep is coming along nicely Daz
22/02/2013 at 12:11

yes thanks Lirish

aaaand another one on Wednesday:
16M/5000ft in 6 1/2 hours in the Lakes (Dunmail-Dollywagon-Fairfield-SeatSandal-Dunmail-SteelFell-CalfCrag-SergeantMan-HighRaise-ThunacarKnott-Dunmail)
bit slow going due to snow on the tops/being careful with navigation in the clag

my quads are a tad sore today - probably the last descent off Steel Fell


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