England's Everest (1904 - 1932)

Part 2 of the history of the Lake District 24 Hour Fell Record​, from Dr. Arthur Wakefield's codification of the basic protocol to Bob Graham's eponymous round. At this stage, this page is just assorted notes.

Note: [idn x] refers to newspaper references; [id x] refers to all other sources. Full references are available in the Research Hub

Note: [End x] notation refers to the "endeavour code", essentially a unique identifier for each record attempt or walk. A full reference table will soon be available. 

Contents:

WAKEFIELD'S FIRST [end17]
 

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[To add]

Notes:

  • Brief desc [p.126, id36]​

WAKEFIELD'S SECOND [end18]

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  • "Completed in... shorts, rubber shoes, and his old Sedbergh football jersey" [id86, p.216]

  • Account [p.126, id36]

DAWSON DISCOUNTED [end19]

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  • "Dawson's attempts had been discredited (quite wrongly, I now think)" [id30, p.130]

  • "Dawson is said to have covered a slightly longer round in 1916 in slightly more time" [p.126, id36]

EUSTACE THOMAS I [end19a]

Summary

Got round the Wakefield course but did not improve on the time.

Date: 1919

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  • [id30, p.130]

EUSTACE THOMAS II [end19b]

Summary

 

Gets round the Wakefield course in a shorter time

Date: 1920

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  • [id30, p.130]

  • Good description [id86, pp.216-217]

EUSTACE THOMAS III [end19c]

Summary

Failed attempt. 

Date: 1921

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  • [id30, p.130]

EUSTACE THOMAS IV [end19d ]

Summary

Failed attempt. 

Date: 1921

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  • [id30, p.130]

EUSTACE THOMAS' RECORD (V) [end20]

Summary

New record.

Date: 1922

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  • Thomas went on to include the Grasmoor group. Taking his estimate of total distance to 79 map miles and 30,000 feet of ascent. The total time was 28 hours 35 minutes to the top of the last peak Sail (so not back to Keswick) [id30, p.130]​

  • Thomas went on to walk the peaks of the Grasmoor group once he had returned to Keswick

Bob Graham's 41st [end20b]

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  • [To add]

Freddy Spencer Chapman [end21]

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  • There was a strong desire for a Sedburghian to "reclaim" the record. Chapman was made to promise not to attempt it before the age of 25! A good account of [end21] is given [pp.28-30, id80]

  • Beware the anti-clockwise round: "I was not the least bit tired until I reached Threlkeld, but the toil up Saddleback was exhausting and the final climb up Skiddaw almost a nightmare". [pp.28-30, id80]

  • [p.11, id5]

The Bob Graham Round [end22]

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Notes

  • Sources: id90 [pp.121-122]​, [id30, p.129]

  • "Wore a vest, shorts, and canvas shoes with rope soles. Pacemakers, one per eight hours, accompanied him and fed him with greengauges" [id90, p.122]

  • "I asked him what really kept him going during the last eight hours. He grinned and said: 'willpower'" [id90, p.122]

  • Lists Bob Graham's route and peaks [id30, p.129]

  • [p.5, p.9 id5]

  • Description, esp. of final run back to Keswick [id37, p.106]