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A podcast about the Bob Graham Round – a 66 mile run in the Lake District up and over 42 of England’s tallest mountains in under 24 hours. Recorded throughout 2018 and 2019, this an audio account of a year preparing for and attempting the BGR – these are our Bob Graham Sounds.

From the makers of ‘Dad Does Drugs’ – Shortlisted for Best Education Podcast at the 2019 People’s Choice Podcast Awards

Episode 1: The First Attempt

Meet the team as they try to get their youngest and fittest members around the BGR.

A deeper understanding is reached by everyone about how much work an attempt entails.

And a commitment, of sorts, is reached to try and get more of the team round next year.

Featuring music I love by… Kris Drever, Bon Iver, Lenny Ibizarre, Seasick Steve, Wild Beasts, Passenger, Kurt Vile, Jeff Mills, Midlake, Crosby & Nash, Villagers, Stornoway, Michael Kiwanuka & Slowdive

I bought a PRS license, so you should get paid.

Episode 2: Moving Bones

After supporting a successful BGR attempt in 2018, Mark & Bob commit to have a go themselves in June 2019.

For Mark that means maintaining his excellent fitness, beard and collection of expensive waterproofs.

For Bob it will require being able to run more than a mile without crippling Achilles pain. To help with this he goes to see biomechanics analyst, posture & movement specialist, running coach, barefoot hippy, dog lover and all round good egg Helen Hall.

This episode features music from Kris Drever, Hans Zimmer & Alexis Kings

Episode 3: Run Forrest Run

In October 2018 Mark is building a great endurance base, while Bob is still struggling for fitness as he recovers from a long term Achilles injury.

Inspiration is not hard to come by however, in the form of a lovely long transatlantic conversation with Rickey Gates, about his successful (just) BGR, running every single street in San Francisco and right across the USA.

With music from Villagers, Eddie Vedder, Midlake, The National, Bob Seger & Pat Williams


Episode 4: What’s Important Now?

Are running and cycling happy bedfellows?

Not in Bob’s body it turns out, so he cuts his bike mileage and RADICALLY changes his bike set up.

But the wisdom learnt from ultra-endurance cycling by this episode’s guest, Dom Irvine, is indispensable. So whether you’re a runner or a rider, a lover or a fighter – or any combination there’s something for you here.

Dom’s website

With music from Kris Drever, Ride, Stornoway, Christopher Cross, Bon Iver & Seasick Steve

Episode 5: Running Forever

Bob takes an eventful road trip t’North at the end of November 2018, sadly there is no running involved but there are two good male-bonding hikes in the Yorkshire Dales, one with his son and one with his oldest mate Beany. There’s also a visit to a church Christmas fair in Giggleswick and a Sports Direct in Huddersfield, but they’re not included in the podcast.

However, the main event is a chat round the kitchen table of farmer and fell runner Nicky Spinks. 

Nicky is honest, direct, open and generous with advice, stories and BGR wisdom learnt through experience achieving her incredible endurance records and overcoming cancer.

With music from Kris Drever, Ben Howard & Liam Gallagher

Nicky’s Blog

Episode 6: For The Love

Snow is falling, all around us…
We’re fell-running, having fun.

It’s nearly Christmas and for Bob that means a long journey to meet three wise men; a hilly trinity of writers with endurance expertise to interview them for the podcast.

First up is author, broadcaster and ultra runner Vassos Alexander.


With music from Kris Drever, Cliff Richard, The Divine Comedy, Gerry Rafferty, War on Drugs.

Episode 7: Rise Of The Ultra Runners

A new year dawns, dark and cold.

It’s 2019 and Bob and Mark are gearing up for 6 months of consistent training, ahead of their attempt at the BGR on June 21st, when the longest day will dawn much earlier, warmer and hopefully dry & wind free.

Bob continues to recover from injury, Mark recces Leg 1 & 2 and the team plan their 2019 race diaries (subject to significant-other approval).

In this episode bestselling, award-winning running author Adharanand Finn talks about his latest tome – The Rise of the Ultra Runners – he’s a lovely bloke, chatting about a great book. What’s not to like?

And music this time from The Band Of The Scots Guards, Kris Drever and Seth Lakeman.


Episode 8: Triumph & Disaster

As Rudyard Kipling famously wrote and Bob less famously paraphrased and had tattooed on himself, you need to be able to face both outcomes when attempting a Bob Graham.

So in this episode Bob exposes the dark days of his training calendar, when running isn’t fun and the goal seems a long long way off.

Plus adventure journalist, Times & Sunday Times Travel Editor Duncan Craig reflects on his unsuccessful BGR attempt of 2013 – documented by his friend Charlie Norton for Runners World.

With music from Kris Drever, Ray Noble, Johnny Kidd & The Pirates, T Rex, Cornershop, Stormzy, War On Drugs, Bon Iver, Midlake and Junip.

Episode 9a: Rickey Gates Revisited

Spring has sprung and training proper has begun. The clock is ticking with just over 3 months to go until Mark and hopefully Bob make their BGR attempt, so everyone in the team steps up a gear.

None more so that Mark’s older brother Mike, a talismanic figure, whose words – as you’ll discover – can be as powerful as his physical presence on the fells.

And another great running sage, Rickey Gates, returns with wisdom learned from his months spent running #everysinglestreet of San Francisco.

Featuring music from Kris Drever, Richard Hawley and a number of classic TV themes.

Episode 9b: Nicky Spinks Revisited

UK ultra-running leading-lady Nicky Spinks gives an honest debrief on her history-making double Paddy Buckley Round and her debut in The Barkley Marathons, plus some indispensable 7-weeks-to-go BGR advice.

And the team celebrate Easter with runs in the Yorkshire Three Peaks Race, along the South West Coast Path and the South Downs Way and up (and down) all 80 metres of “The Grind” near Ivinghoe Beacon (several times).

With music from Kris Drever & Of Monsters And Men

Episode 9c: Ricky Lightfoot

On a recce weekend with Mark, Beany & Matt, Bob meets elite Cumbrian fell runner Ricky Lightfoot to try and glean some of his local knowledge & experience of the Bob Graham.

There are big questions for Bob to ponder after the weekend, the answer is definitely not cycling, but it might be vinegar.

With music from Kris Drever, Pet Shop Boys, The Black Guards, Midlake, The National & Junip.

Episode 10: Feet In The Clouds

A romping good chat with THE author of THE book about THE round, Richard Askwith, with just a fortnight to go before THE attempt for Mark & Bob.

Bob takes a wet & windy recce along Leg 3 & then… back along Leg 3 in the other direction.

And Mark receives an unusual offer in the dark on Ivinghoe Beacon.

Featuring music from Kris Drever, Cher, Delbert McClinton, George Fenton & Nat King Cole.

Episode 11a: Prelude To A Dream

The first movement in a modest three part podcast finale, BGR: Bob Graham Requiem.

Five years in the making, Mark and Bob’s attempt is now just days away. But there’s still time for injuries, treatment, travel and bromance before the Grand Depart at midnight on Midsummer Night 2019.

With music from Walter Murphy, Kris Drever, Quincy Jones, Crosby & Nash, Matt Monro, War On Drugs and the Blues Brothers.

Episode 11b: Actions Of A Team

The waiting is over.

After a fitful midsummer night’s eve spent failing to fall asleep, Mark & Bob meet at the Moot Hall in Keswick’s Market Square and set off on their BGR attempt.

These are their Bob Graham Sounds.

With music from Kris Drever, Wild Beasts, Public Service Broadcasting, Stone Roses, The War On Drugs, The Waterboys, Elbow, David Rose, Bon Iver, Junip, Midlake, Brian Bennett, Oasis, Eddie Vedder, Liam Gallagher, The National, Lou Reed.

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