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Fell runner aims for new record

Posted 17 May 2010
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Fell runner aims for new record
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The record for the most Lake District peaks reached in 24 hours could be set to fall as a new attempt is planned for June 29th this year.

Steve Birkinshaw, who lives in the Cumbrian village of Threlkeld, is seeking to run 78 peaks in 24 hours, breaking the current record of 77, Grough reports.

These summits represent extensions to the original Bob Graham Round, established by the Keswick guesthouse owner of that name in 1932, when he celebrated turning 42 by running 42 peaks in 24 hours.

Mark Hartnell set the current record of 77 in 1997, which Steve Birkinshaw will hope to top by adding Fleetwith Pike to the tally.

Those keen on taking up fell running may wish to get some running apparel from their nearest Go Outdoors store.

The Bob Graham round starts and finishes at the Mot Hall in Keswick, with the route including England's seven summits over 3,000 ft - Skiddaw, Lower Man, Helvellyn, Ill Crag, Broad Crag, Scafell Pike and Sca Fell.

Posted by Brandon Egley