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The Round, In Bob Graham's Footsteps by Steve Chilton

In the English Lake District walkers and runners have pitted themselves against the fells for over a hundred years. From leisurely walks to a nice view point to seeing how far and fast one could go. One morning in June, 1932 a local hostel worker named Bob Graham decided to see how far he could run in a day. The rest, as they say is history. Setting off a few hundred yards from the doors of Geroge Fisher he managed to summit 42 Lake District peaks. In 24 short hours Bob ran 66 miles and ran up the equivalent of Mount Everest. A feat which was not matched again until 1960!

The book starts with a detailed account of Bob's 1932 'round' and the history of long distance walking and running in the Lake District. Steve Chilton's beautiful writing style allow you to access the mind-set of the people behind the successful and unsuccessful attempts. His incredibly in depth and entertaining interviews with legends of the fell running world, allow you as a reader to feel as though you are on the fells with them. The book featuring a very rare interview with local legend and current record holder Billy Bland, who in 1982 completed the round in 13 hours and 53 minutes.

This book is nothing short of an essential read to anybody looking to see how much their body can take. However, I struggled to read a chapter without having to go for a run! 

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15 February 2017 by Jacob Tonkin

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