Hi all, I just had a crack at the famous "Bob Graham Round". This is a 70 mile 42 peaks in 24 hours personal challenge thing through the stunningly beautiful (if notoriously wet) English Lake District. I've been wanting to do this for several years, and finally got all the ducks in order (road crew, pacers/navigators/mules) for an attempt today (Saturday). Got here on Monday and got some serious last minute reconnoitering in through Wed. Sadly the weather forecast was for rain from Friday (proved correct), so I decided to dispense with pacers (but take advantage of the friends and in-laws who had come out to road crew) and go off on Thursday. Set off at midnight from Keswick on 1st of the 5 legs. First climb went to pace, but after that I started to slip behind schedule – very tough going with no trail, striding through heather, deep grass, peat bogs etc. By end of leg 1 I was 20 minutes behind schedule. Tried to pick things up on leg 2, which is much more runnable and easier to navigate, and was cheered by the beautiful sunrise, but by end of this leg I was almost an hour behind. Then came leg 3. Navigating was ok (though the gps was on the fritz all way) but the ground is very rocky underfoot and I barely ran any of it. Reaching Wasdale after 18 hours of pretty solid effort I was 2 hours behind and it was obvious I was not going to make it so I quit (30 peaks, 44 miles). Mulling it over I can list a whole bunch of mitigating factors that went against me, but fundamentally this is just one seriously difficult course and it beat me. Hope to try again next year. Nick K.
2010 HURT 100 winner Gary Robbins has posted a race report on his site. Click here to read it
Quad Dipsea I've signed up for Quad Dipsea. Anyone else going? (there are 30 or so slots left). Are trekking poles recommended for this? Nick
This photo is from Marian's sister Sarah.
Recently, a few familiar HURT runners got together to share a few Trail Miles, and do a little catching up. Read the Grand Canyon Rim Crossing run report here. a-loha 😉 Download GCR2R2RrunReport3
Aloha Athletes,We're in for a special treat this weekend, we have a member of our H.U.R.T. ohana, Jake Hinz, in town who will be with us hitting the trails and leading the run! Meet at the Nature Center at 6:30 (Yes 6:30!). The plan is to go for anywhere up to 24 miles with an…
The Essentials: The gates at Dillingham airfield open up between 6:30 and 7:00 AM on Saturday morning.. Meet in the parking lot behind the tower. You will likely find a diverse group of people there who will sort themselves out by speed and ability by the time they finish the first two miles. If…