The North East’s Premier Fell Club Website by Merlin
The COVID lockdown in March 2020 resulted in the cancellation of all our planned events over the Spring and Summer. With empty diaries we began to look for an alternative unofficial challenge and, inspired by Peter Hayes’ book “Wild Swimming in the Lake District and North East England”, considered the possibility of the Frog Graham Round . A minor issue was that neither of us were competent swimmers! Although we both possessed a passable breast stroke, neither of us was able to pull off a sustained front crawl, especially in open water. With all swimming pools closed, we purchased wetsuits and began a self training regime in local rivers and reservoirs with the assistance of YouTube technique videos. Rather surprisingly this approach seemed to work and by the end of July we both felt comfortable (that may be an over- statement!) swimming in cold open water. We went on to complete a successful self-supported Frog Graham Round with our friend Mike Quinn on the 8th August in a time of 16hrs 32 minutes in perfect conditions with glorious sun, endless views, smooth lakes and only the lightest of breezes. Having enjoyed the Frog Graham so much it was perhaps unsurprising that a week later Patrick started talking about another challenge to fit in before the end of the year, particularly now we were “swim trained”. Mike raised our attention to the Puddle Buckley Round but would be unable to join us as a school teacher due to the imminent start of term time.....(more) Patrick Wallis and Paul Williams “Step by Step to Success” Puddle Buckley report Latest Training news! Frog Graham Round report NYM Fell Race records Winter Series Final Category positions   Coronavirus (COVID 19) Training Update. Please follow current national or local restrictions... More info here Event Postponed. Guisborough Three Tops map Race details                                      NZ 616155 We are trialling 3 sessions (at the same venue) on a Tuesday to try and keep numbers in the group below 6. These Tuesday nighters are our traditional off-road session. Please bring full safety kit and a head torch if required. All club members are welcome although Sessions 1 and 3 are not ideal for beginners as runs are usually around 10 miles with 1500 - 2000ft of climbing at a decent pace...... More info here Training Venue Maps