Here is a short summary of the attempts and successes of 2012.
- Registrations: 136 (cw=125/ac=11, M=120/F=16)
- Successes: 72 (cw=67/ac=5, M=63/F=9)
- Fastest time: 17:59
- Fastest Ladies time: 20:48
Overall, successes were fairly evenly balanced throughout the April to August period though as ever the weather played a big part with the majority of April and early May attempts being successful and the late June to mid July seeing a large number of delayed successes. In fact the prime weekends around midsummer were a complete washout and many attempts were cancelled or rescheduled. There were only a small number of sub 20hr rounds but the majority of successes were in the 21:00 - 22:59 range. Start times fell in to the usual groups of 0000-0100 and 1800-1900 there being no significant difference in success rate between the two.
One notable round was that of Nicky Spinks who on 28th July, in less than ideal conditions, lowered Anne Stentiford's record for the standard round of 42 peaks to 18hrs 12mins.
May 2012 update:
Various news items follow below. First, a short tribute to our retiring Membership Secretary Brain Covell from our Chairman Selwyn Wright:
Brian Covell Retires
It is with some sadness that I report the retirement of Brian Covell from the role of Membership Secretary which he had held most ably and efficiently since Fred Rogerson stopped doing everything himself back in the late 1990s. For the last 15 years all registrations and completed ratification forms have gone to Brian for 42 Peak Rounds whether successful or otherwise.
Brian had been a stalwart member of the Committee for a number of years before that, and could always be relied upon for a thoughtful and calmly expressed opinion on any subject under discussion. Similarly with any task which he took on, most recently with the reprint of the '42 Peaks' booklet, the Committee were always assured that the job would be done on time and within budget, and furthermore that the job would be done to the very best of Brian's ability. One job which Brian had done for years, and which members were entirely unaware of, was the restocking of '42 Peaks' to all our Lake District retail outlets using the 555 Bus Service from his Kendal home with the aid of his bus pass to cut costs!
On the Committee we shall miss Brian hugely, although we will hope to continue meeting up with he and Ann at our Reunion Dinners. We very much hope that members and prospective members of the club do not miss him quite so much. The Club has been most fortunate to obtain the services of Bob Wightman, a well known Bob Graham figure and for many years a member of llkley Harriers to take on the role of Membership Secretary and we are hopeful that, under his guidance, the development of our electronic systems will continue.
This change will take place immediately and Bob's contact details are contained in the Guidance Notes found elsewhere on this site.
I'm sure you will all join with me in wishing Brian a long and happy retirement!
Selwyn Wright, Chairman
Bob Wightman takes over as Membership Secretary with immediate effect. In the short term, registrations will still take place manually, but Bob has plans to move to electronic registration and ratification procedures, and will post occasional updates on progress on this page of the website.
Please bear with him as he wrestles the technology into submission.
With completions running into the high 80s in the last 2 years, the volume of paper which the Club receives by way of reports on successful attempts has increased accordingly.
Wynn Cliff, who is an Associate Member of the Club, has volunteered to fill a new role as Club Archivist and the Guidance Notes request that as well as sending a report of a successful attempt to the Membership Secretary, the report should also be sent to Wynn by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wynn will also be taking over the store of records and papers previously held by Brian Covell and will be hoping to bring some order to these items for us.
Earlier News ...
Wasdale Parking Arrangements
The Club has been contacted by the National Trust, which owns and operates the car park at Brackenclose. Many Bob Graham Round support parties make use of this facility.
The NT have been experiencing a number of problems at Brackenclose, some of which have been laid at the door of BG round support groups.
For those groups who do chose to use the Brackenclose car park, please remember that you MUST pay for the time you park there in accordance with NT tariffs; BG support teams are not somehow exempt, unless vehicles belong to NT members or life members and the member has their proof of membership (car sticker/membership card) to hand. The current tariff as at November 2008 is £3.00 for 2 hours, £4.00 for 4 hours and £5.00 for all day parking.
Please also adhere to all other NT rules that govern the operation of the car park whilst you park there.
Please remember that Brackenclose is a car park, not a camp-site. Please do not pitch tents or other forms of temporary shelter in the car park. This disrupts the normal operation of the car park and the activities of those people who wish to use, and are legitimately using, the NT facility. The NT owns and operates the campsite adjacent to the car park. If your plans include sleeping overnight, please use the campsite on a normal basis, adhere to any campsite regulations and respect the other campsite users.
Please also ensure that you always respect other users of the car park and any NT staff with whom you come into contact. Please also co-operate with NT staff. If BG support parties are asked by NT staff to behave in a way that is consistent with NT rules and regulations, please do as they ask; don't argue with them or subject them to any form of rudeness.
Thanks for your co-operation with these issues.
72 miles or not?
The Bob Graham route over the basic 42 Peaks was at times in the past regarded as over 100 miles long. The early pioneers settled on a figure of 72 miles with 27,000 feet of ascent. The use of mapping software and GPS devices has led to a re-evaluation of the distance of the 42 Peak Round. Mapping software gives figures as low as 61-63 miles. GPS systems (which have been carried and operated throughout several successful attempts) give a figure of between 65-66 miles. The traditional ascent figure seems to be more accurate, though some calculations have produced a figure of 26,000 feet. The distance continues to stimulate debate depending on how it is measured, but a figure of something between 60 and 66 miles is more accurate than the traditional 72.
Whatever the correct mileage figure, when coupled with 42 peaks and all that ascent and descent, it is still a long way!
The North Face© Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc©
The Bob Graham Round is one of a number of "qualifying races" for the 2009 UTMB©. The Club has been in contact with the UTMB© organisers and has supplied relevant information about the Round to them. The organisers have supplied the Club with its "Qualifying race Ultra-Trail"© logo and when you click on this it will take you directly to their website at www.ultratrailmb.com. The BG has been awarded 4 qualifying points.
In the past, potential entrants into the UTMB© have emailed PDF copies of their certificates to the race organisers, who have not accepted the certificate as evidence of BG completion. The Club's own membership list is kept as up to date as is sensibly possible, bearing in mind the timing of attempts and the ratification procedure. It is though possible that someone who completes a successful Round will not be shown as a member on the membership list. The club sends the list of the current and previous years' completions to the organisers at the end of October each year.
In those circumstances, members should contact the Secretary by email (see the Contacts page), who will endeavour to assist further (having liaised with the Membership Secretary) by contacting the UTMB© organisers to confirm that the relevant person has completed the Round. The Secretary has a direct email line to the UTMB© Race Director Michel Pelotti and the organising team.