Club member and former middle distance star Patrick Woodisse completed a successful Bob Graham Round in 21.51.23 on Sunday May 25th.
The BGR is a 72-mile circuit of 42 Lakeland peaks, covering around 29,000 feet of ascent, reaching the highest summit in England- Scafell Pike and must be completed in under 24 hours. Patrick’s run was supported by 8 pacemakers, including fellow Bristol and West members Dave Austin, Helen Fines and Mike Roberts.
The attempt started from Moot Hall, Keswick at 1 am, and Patrick ran ahead of his target times from the start, dropping both his pacemakers on stage 1! Stage 2 was hindered by navigational difficulties and low cloud, but the changeover point was still reached an hour ahead of schedule.
Despite strong winds on the summits, Patrick continued to gain time on the longest and most difficult 3rd stage, to arrive at Wasdale Head with a 1h 45min advantage on his 23 hour target schedule. Having suffered stomach trouble throughout, the challenge of taking on enough fuel had an impact on the 4th stage split, but Patrick showed enormous mental strength to finish off the final 8 peaks at a strong pace.
This excellent run is expected to be ratified by the Bob Graham adjudicators very soon.
Congratulations to Patrick!