HOOP UK trustee, Professor Paul Gately, is to attempt one of the toughest endurance challenges in the UK later this year in order to raise funds for HOOP UK.
The Bob Graham Round is a 72-mile circuit of 42 fells in the Lake District, including the 3,000-foot peaks of Skiddaw, Helvellyn, and Scafell Pike. Participants aim to complete the entire challenge in under 24 hours.
Paul says “The Bob Graham Round is the toughest challenge I’ve ever set myself, but it’s well worth it to raise funds for such an important cause. It seems fitting that I should push myself to my limits in order to help children push theirs, and overcome their greatest life challenge.”
Paul hopes to raise a huge £100,000 to help young people and their families in their fight against obesity. DONATE TO PAUL’S JUST GIVING PAGE HERE
More about the Bob Graham Round
The Bob Graham Round it is considered by many as one of the most demanding tests of endurance for an amateur athlete or mountaineer.
The round is named after Bob Graham who in 1932 set the record for the number of Lakeland fells traversed in 24 hours. Bob held the record for 28 years until it was broken by Alan Heaton in 1960.
The Round had been successfully completed by fewer than 1800 people by the end of 2012. Although it is possible to complete the basic round at a fast walking pace, most contenders choose to run at least the level ground. Solo rounds have been accomplished although most contenders are accompanied by at least one runner in support. The vast majority of attempts are undertaken close to mid-summer to make use of maximum daylight, but as of March 2011, twenty three individuals have successfully completed a winter round of the standard circuit!