Although we’re predominantly a Road / X-Country running club, we have an increasing number of members who enjoy fell running. In fact, we’ve made considerable progress over the last year with members completing some of the hardest events in the UK Calendar including some of the Lake District Classics, The Old Country Tops, The Fellsman, The Lakeland 50 and other Ultra races.
This weekend just gone has seen a small team from the Harriers (Ian Hays, Andy Basey, Andy Rose, Krish, Saul and Graham Collins) support probably the hardest fell running route in England : The Bob Graham Round. With much behind the scenes planning, 7 of us have been working hard over several months now in preparation for a successful weekend in getting Alan Billington round successfully.
All members have selflessly put other plans on hold to fit this huge Lakeland challenge into their already busy schedules – something which I’m very very grateful. To make things worse, a badly sprained ankle in July meant original plans had to be cancelled last minute, rescheduled around diaries, replanned and reorganised with less hours of daylight.
I’m pleased to say that I got round in 23 hours on the weekend just gone. It was an amazing day and yes, we narrowly escaped very serious injury on two occassions !!
We’ve all pulled together brilliantly and should be justifiably proud that we have now put Belper Harriers on the map by having a successful completion of the Bob Graham Round – something few clubs can lay claim to. And in even better news, there could well be two/three members of the team looking to emulate my success and complete in 2013.
To shed a little bit of light on The Bob Graham Round, it is a run through the mountains incorporating 42 peaks, covering 65-70 miles of harsh rocky / bouldery terrain in the Lake District and including 27,000 feet of climbing (9,000metres). For any English fell runner, it’s probably the ultimate goal.
Belper Harriers are now in the Bob Graham Club.
(thanks to Saul for the picture which didn’t include Ian who arrived on Saturday to support)