Runner Robert completes 42-peak challenge in 22 hours

Robert Morrow during the challenge
Robert Morrow during the challenge

A Kirkcudbright nurse has completed an infamously gruelling 66-mile, 42-peak challenge in just 22 hours.

Robert Morrow, a theatre nurse at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, took part in the Lake District’s Bob Graham Round and came in with a time of 22 hours 36 minutes.

The challenge facing participants, starting and ending in Keswick, is to scale 42 of the highest peaks in the Lake District, covering 26,000ft, all within 24 hours.

Robert was supported by a team of pacers, friends,colleages and hill runners from all over the country who came to help him acheive his goal and was cheered on by family at points along the way.

He battled 50-mile an hour winds in the cold and dark for the non-competitive task.

While Robert recovered, his wife Jenny said: “His family and friends are so proud of him and Robert is thankful to everyone who helped and supported him.”

The current record holder for the Bob Graham Round is Billy Bland with a time of 13 hours 53 minutes which hasn’t been beaten since it was set in1982.