MACC Harrier Mike Nelson became the latest member of the exclusive 'Bob Graham Club' last weekend.

The Bob Graham Round is a fell-running challenge that entails visiting 42 Lake District peaks, covering nearly 70 miles and 28,000 feet of ascent and descent that must be completed in under 24 hours.

Successful contenders become members of the 'Bob Graham Club', which is named after the first person to complete the round in 1932.

Last weekend Nelson completed the course in 21 hours and 53 minutes, and was supported by members of the Harriers, friends and family during his excellent effort.

Nelson left the Moot Hall in Keswick at 6.30pm on Friday night, heading for his first peak of Skiddaw. The night section started well, but as he picked up a new team of navigators and helpers at Dunmail Raise, conditions deteriorated and some tricky navigation cost several minutes from his schedule.

However, once morning arrived conditions improved and Nelson was going well enough to be clipping minutes off the scheduled time for each peak.

He returned triumphantly to the Moot Hall just before 4.30pm on Saturday to cheers and clapping from supporters, plus the odd bemused look from the many holiday-makers.

  • ANDY Lamont continued his run of good results with a fourth place finish at the Boar's Head fell race.

This eight-mile race has 1,322 feet of ascent and descent as it goes from the Boar's Head pub in Higher Poynton through Lyme Park.