Lake District 24-Hour Fell Record

This set of pages comprises an amateur history project on the Lake District 24-Hour Fell Record.

The ultimate ambition is to produce a comprehensive history of the record, starting in the early nineteenth century and ending in the present day.

The history is split into three parts:

1. Pioneers, so-called because the men involved shaped and codified the record we now know today. This covers the period from 1832 to 1904.

2. England's Everest, a play on words reflecting how Bob Graham's eponymous round involved 27,000 feet of ascent and the fact that some of the record-setters were also involved in early Everest expeditions.

3. Modern era, which takes us from 1932 to the present day.

The work is progressing in a broadly chronological order. As such, "Pioneers" is the most advanced part by far. A summary article for this period was published in Fellrunner (Winter 2019). The article can be read here and endnotes are available here

As with many sporting histories, there is far more source material relating to the men's record than the women's record. Indeed the early history of the record is singularly dominated by men. However, as my work approaches the modern day, I intend to chronicle both records.

I very much welcome comments, corrections and additions. Please use the contact form or email me at peterwmcdonald <AT>