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Guiding Damian Hall around his Bob Graham Round

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We've loaded this article to the website for inspirational purposes. Damian asked Charlie at the 2015 Dragon's Back Race, "Do you think its possible I can do a BGR without training in the Lakes?" and in all honesty Charlie replied, "Yes". 

Its not necessarily possible for all, but it is possible to train elsewhere and then come to the Lakes to tick a BG. Certainly not everyone is as gifted as Damian when it comes to running, it seems to come easy to him, although we have to give it to him that he does seem to put the training in, and with a 5th place that year in the Dragon's Back Race, it seemed likely that he could be one of those people. 

Phone calls were made in December 2015, the year of the epic Lakeland Floods, and a date was set for early July. 

The pair set out after 12+ hours of torrential rain down poured on the Lake District, but with a clear weather window ahead and a 20:00 hour start they made good progress across the Northern Fells of Leg 1. 

Although Damian was slightly tired from his FKT on the South West Costal Path only 6 weeks earlier, which is over 600 miles and a ridiculous amount of ascent, the pair had perfect weather and a fantastic day to finish in a respectable time of 21:59. 

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Looking to have a crack at the Bob Graham? Drop us a line via email, text or phone. We can even talk to you by WhatsApp or Skype so don't be afraid to get in touch if your in a different country as it still might be possible. It just depends how much you want it and how open your mind is. 

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