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 four 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. Graham's legacy, reflecting the efforts of the men who were inspired by Graham's record and progressed the record in relatively quick succession once Graham's round was 'rediscovered' after the war.

4. Modern era, which takes us from 1975 to the present day, most recently Kim Collison's 2020 record.

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), which can be read here. The second instalment was published in Fellrunner (Autumn 2020) and can be read 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>