Tim hops to it to complete the

Date: Friday 11th July 2014
Tim Mosedale on the steps of Keswick Moot Hall, the start and end of the Frog Graham Round.
Tim Mosedale on the steps of Keswick Moot Hall, the start and end of the Frog Graham Round.

Frog Graham Round!

KESWICK Everest mountaineer Tim Mosedale set a quite different record when he completed the unusual Frog Graham Round.

Many might have heard of the Bob Graham Round an ultra event of 42 peaks and 66 miles in under 24 hours but the Frog Graham Round is a completely different kettle of amphibian.

It’s a run, swim, run, swim, run, swim, run, swim, run around northern Lakeland, starting and ending at Keswick’s Moot Hall.

Tim said: “I’d never heard of the Frog Graham until just recently and seeing as I’ve been doing a bit of swimming and a bit of running since coming back early from Everest this spring it has floated my boat, so to say.”

The challenge amounts to 3,380 metres or so of swimming combined with 56.5km of fell running.

“It’s not on a specific day or at a specific time. People can turn up on any day of the year and at any time of day and, as long as you are back within 24 hours you are in the club,” added Tim.

“Apart from the guy who devised the madcap idea in the first place it has never been repeated so he has never issued a certificate!”

Tim completed the gruelling trip in 15 hours, 59 minutes. “Many thanks to all the folk who ran alongside, the helpers, cameraman and canoeists you all made it a much more pleasurable experience,” he said.

Highlights during the event included sunrise on Skiddaw, swimming across Bassenthwaite in millpond conditions, seeing a red squirrel in Whinlatter, meeting a fell walker on Grisedale Pike summit, and slaking his thirst at Coledale Hause.

A reception party at the Moot Hall was followed by a fish and chip supper, a cold bath and a fantastic sleep.

Tim, who lives in Leonard Street, is a well-known mountain guide who regularly organises expeditions to Everest. He runs a B&B with his wife, Ali, who is a nurse. They have two children, Grace and Max.

Tim was leading a five-strong party attempting to conquer Everest in April but was forced to abandon the expedition after an avalanche which killed 16 people, 13 of them Sherpa guides.