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30, SPAIN, NEW BOB GRA­HAM ROUND RECORD- HOLDER

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Kil­ian Jor­net’s Bob Gra­ham Round record

THE BOB GRA­HAM ROUND is one of the UK’S most iconic en­durance chal­lenges. To com­plete it, par­tic­i­pants must scale 42 peaks in the Lake District within 24 hours. In 1982, leg­endary fell run­ner Billy Bland fin­ished the Bob Gra­ham in 13 hours and 53 min­utes. That re­mark­able record was fi­nally bro­ken in July by Cata­lan moun­tain run­ner Kil­ian Jor­net, who took just over an hour off Bland’s time. ‘I wanted to come here be­cause the Bob Gra­ham is part of the his­tory of fell run­ning, and fell run­ning is part of the his­tory of moun­tain run­ning,’ says Jor­net. ‘I had a group of pac­ers who were amaz­ing and are very tal­ented run­ners them­selves. Also, I had Billy’s time to aim for; when Billy did it, he was do­ing it with no ref­er­ences.’

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