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Mike's getting ready for a round...

Updated: Jul 13, 2023

Harriers’ Mike Patten, a keen fell runner, has set himself a goal for the coming year and we think it’s certainly one worth sharing: Mike will be taking on the Bob Graham Round next year, aiming to complete the challenge towards the end of June.

Although Mike’s first-claim club is Bowland Fell Runners, he has a second-claim with Preston Harriers who will always hold a special place in his heart: their track is where he met his wife back in 2011 - love clearly blossoms through those Wednesday night track sessions!

Starting and finishing in Keswick, the Bob Graham Round is a well-renowned fell running challenge, involving a distance of around 66 miles and traversing across a staggering 42 Lakeland fells.

Since the challenge was established in 1932, around 2700 individuals have taken it on, with the current record for completion standing at 12 hours and 23 minutes for men and 14 hours and 34 minutes for women, which is jaw-dropping as many of us would struggle to stay awake and alert for that long, let alone in movement!

Mike has already had some experience of the course itself as he recently helped a fellow Bowland runner on his round attempt in April this year. Instead of putting him off, this experience actually left Mike feeling more motivated and inspired as it made him realise how much walking and hiking is involved rather than solely running, and therefore the pipedream became more realistic than he first thought. He will have some further opportunities to become familiar with the challenging course as he also plans to support two other fellow runners on their attempts later in the year.

The challenge is one Mike has had in mind for a while and he finally feels the time is ripe to take it on. An extra motivating factor lies in that he is also related to Graham Patten, the founder of the popular Lakeland Trails event and also a finisher of the round himself, along with his father too. Mike states ‘so as the ‘Patten’ name is on the list of folk who have completed the round, I thought I best get my full name on it too!’ Keeping it in the family…

Mike is certainly no novice to a challenge, having completed the historically-enriching Race to the Stones 100km Ultra last year, and we are confident that with the time he has planned for practising the route, the coaching he plans to undertake from December and a stellar crew of friends and family on-hand to support, Mike will make it ‘round’.

We look forward to an update!

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