At the moment, most people are thinking about enjoying the holidays and this beautiful spell of summer weather that has come to The Lake District with impeccable timing if you are coming to stay at one of our Lake District Cottages for Easter.
Some people have different ideas about how to enjoy Spring in the Lake District. Bruce Duncan is a childhood friend of Sally and her family. He has boundless energy and is brim full of joie de vivre and he loves to push himself to the limit.
He and Ant Emmet have just started on an event that he has dreamed up over the last few years, which is the absolute living end in multi event endurance athletics - The Epic Tri. Imagine the hardest physical challenge that you can and then double it. Well if you double it again, you’re probably not even close.
The Epic Tri starts in the Lake District with The Bob Graham Round – a mind numbing route that you cover on foot, which links the highest peaks in the Lake District and covers around 80 miles of difficult and rugged terrain. You start at the Moot Hall in Keswick and 24 hours later you stumble back to your starting point having been to the tops of Skiddaw, Blencathra, Helvellyn, Great Gable, The Scafells and most of the other major peaks in the Lake District.
Bruce and Ant are wearing tracking devices, so you can chart their progress on their website – it looks they are somewhere around the summit of Scafell Pike at the moment! It’s a lovely day here but not too hot, so it should be perfect conditions for them and they will no doubt be enjoying perfect views down into Eskdale And Wasdale.
Even for most top-level runners, The Bob Graham Round is a lifetime ambition, that only the very fittest manage to successfully complete. Even amongst those mad enough to make an attempt – the ratio of those who set out from the Moot Hall in Keswick and those that make it back within the 24 hour cut off is tiny (in total, there have only been around 3,000 Bob Graham rounds successfully completed).
Basically, if you were one of the select few who are able to complete a Bob Graham Round, the last thing that you would be thinking about as you arrive back at the Moot Hall would be setting off on a 900 mile bike ride! But that’s exactly what our intrepid adventurers will be doing – jumping in their van and leaving the Lake District to drive up to John O’Groats to start stage two of The Epic Tri, which is the cycling from John O’Groats to Lands End. They are doing it on a tandem, which will test the team dynamic to the max, especially as I imagine that they will be on the edge of exhaustion buy this stage - (no napping on the back please Bruce!)
The final event on the list is the Devizes to Westminster Bridge canoe race – a 125 mile epic and the worlds’ longest canoe race. They need to be on the starting line at the same time as the other competitors, so this adds pressure for the run and the ride, as they can’t afford to drop time in the first two events!
Even if they get to the starting line, there is a hell of a lot of work to do in getting to the finishing line – the whole event is designed to raise money for Cancer Research UK and hopefully the thought of all the people who have sponsored them will be enough to make sure that they get to the chequered flag.
Good Luck guys from everyone here at Sally’s Lake District Cottages……you’re going to need it!!