Notes and themes

Notes for the Lake District 24 hour record:​

  • Hartell did his record on the third attempt, each attempt starting at Braithwaite at 5am [Askwith, p.49, id2]

  • Estimated to be over 200 fells in the Lake District which are above 2,000 feet [Griffin, p.20, id37]

  • The Lakeland Threes was the original, perhaps, long distance fell walk but it is hardly the pinnacle of picturesque routes

Notes for a tribute to the Bob Graham Round route:​

  • [Griffin, id36, p.48]. Good introduction to the Scafell massif​

  • [Griffin, id36, p.55]. On Blencathra: "all its goods are in its shop window"; the summit cross is made of quartz

  • [Griffin, id36, p.59]. Reflections on Dale Head, the Newlands Valley and mining history. From Dale Head's summit, one cannot see much of the mining that has taken place under the mountain. It is the nexus of two different mining industries (slate and gold).

  • Helvellyn is known by some as the 'sunrise mountain'. An excellent place to see the dawn rise over the Pennines. Even a nigh-time traverse is likely to involve contenders coming across fellow souls

  • Helvellyn - there is no real summit cairn, but no shortage of monuments

  • Thunacar Knott - very possible to summit without even realising. Important only for the county boundary

  • [Askwith, p.131, id2]. History of Blencathra summit cross. Created by Harold Robinson, a Threlkeld fell-runner, as a memorial to a deceased WW2 friend. Robinson's great-nephew was the great Kenny Stuart

Themes:

  • Wordsworth(s) in the Lakes. Demonstrates what feats of walking can be achieved without particular sporting prowess. "It is on record that Wordsworth and his sister sometimes walked forty miles in a day" [idn27]

  • Lakeland climbing as an alternative to Alpinism.

  • Transition from fell-walking to fell-running.

    • Askwith​ notes all previous fell record-holders were walkers; what Bob Graham did "involved running" [p.35, id2]

    • "Fell racing as practised at Grasmere and other North Country gatherings is not to be confused with another species of mountaineering, which has of late years become very popular in Lakeland." [idn14, 1899, referring to record walks]

  • Lakeland as a proving ground for England's assault on Everest.

    • Chris Brasher (famously) did not complete the BGR, describing it as "desperately difficult". And yet he was on the 1953 reserve list for the Everest expedition, attesting to his strength [Askwith, p.35, id2]​

  • Doubt at the time as to whether Bob Graham completed his round

    • [Askwith, p.35, id2]

  • Fred Rogerson's role in establishing Bob Graham's Round's place in history. His efforts are a large part to play in the 'tangent' of history.

  • Links with the origins of fell-running. Fell-racing proper certainly began with the guides races, in particular at Grasmere.

Potential chapter structure:

  • Four Fells Record, to include a comparison table

  • Attempts by cyclists?