The Bob Graham in Winter
As if a summer round of 66 miles and 26,000 feet of ascent wasn’t enough, some people have to decide to try it during winter when the ratio of light and dark s near enough reversed to midsummer.
Along with the shorter hours of daylight come the additional hazards associated with winter: snow, ice and the debilitating effects of the cold.
I’ve helped out with a couple of winter rounds. Here are some slides of the Bowfell to Scafell section of an attempt in December 2009 by Mark Smith. Unfortunately he was outside the 24hrs by just 20 minutes.
The table lists all known winter rounds including those that don’t meet the criteria for membership of the Bob Graham Club. These are noted as not ratified. Solo rounds by club members are indicated by text stating they had previously done a summer round.
I’ve put as much information as I know in the following table but if anyone knows details to “fill in the gaps” or errata in the information presented then please get in touch.
Those rounds considered by the Bob Graham Club as mid-winter rather than just "winter" have a darker background.
|1986||13/14 Dec||John Brockbank||23:06||Clockwise||The first successful winter round. Done with the following...|
|1986||13/14 Dec||Selwyn Wright||23:06||Clockwise||Done with John Brockbank|
|1986||22/23 Dec||Steve Parr||23:26|
|1987||7/8 Jan||Martin Stone||23:41||Clockwise||Solo Unsupported. Already a club member.|
|1989||Martin Scrowston||22:08||Together with..|
|1989||Barrie Laycock||22:08||Did it with Martin Scrowston|
|1993||Alison Crabb||23:51||The first female winter round.|
|1999||19/20 Dec||Scott Umbleby||22:48||Together with...|
|1999||19/20 Dec||Brian Meakin||22:48||The temperature dipped to minus 16C at Dunmail Raise!|
|2000||1/2 Jan||Nicky Lavery||22:45||Clockwise||The second female winter round. Report here|
|2005||17 Dec||John Fleetwood||23:54||Anticlockwise||Dry underfoot - account|
|2007||20/21 Dec||Alex Pilkington||23:09||Clockwise||Mainly solo, photos on Flikr Already a club member.|
|2007||22/23 Dec||Simon Halliday||23:56||Anticlockwise||Account|
|2008||16 Feb||Simon Waller||22:47||Clockwise|
|2008||16 Feb||Garry Beardwood||23:00||Clockwise|
|2008||16 Feb||Paul Jackson||23:53||Clockwise|
|2008||19/20 Dec||Eddie Winslow||23:56||Clockwise||Apparently he and the support party met no-one on the fells on the entire round.|
|2011||1/2 Jan||Jon Morgan||23:20||Clockwise||Did it with Steve Watts.|
|2011||1/2 Jan||Steve Watts||23:20||Clockwise||Did it with Jon Morgan.|
|2011||21/22 Jan||Iain Taylor||22:44||Anticlockwise||The third fastest winter time to date. Short report here|
|2011||21/22 Jan||Jason Hubert||23:04||Anticlockwise||Short report here|
|2011||7/8 Feb||Tom Phillips||23:19||Clockwise||Light snow cover. Account here|
|2011||28 Feb/1 Mar||Jim Mann||20:39||Clockwise||Good weather with clear sky - very cold at night but good visibility. Solo for leg 2 at night.Account here|
|2011||22/23 Dec||Andrew Graham||23:35||Clockwise||Poor visibility, extensive snow cover often deep.|
|2011||22/23 Dec||Mike Park||23:57||Clockwise||Poor visibility, extensive snow cover often deep.|
|2012||7/8 Jan||Dave Ward||23:02||Clockwise||Hadn’t done a summer round before.|
Credits: Thanks to the following for updating some of the information: Martin Stone; Garry Beardwood; Jim Mann; Jason Hubert .