Alan’s 66-mile trek: walking the Bob Graham Round

Alan Bates, a long-time friend of Emma, has decided to challenge himself in 2024 and will be completing the infamous Bob Graham Round to raise funds for The Orange Foundation.

Alan said:

“This will be a first for me. I’ve not raised funds for a charity since I was a child, and that tells you how much I think I align with this great cause.

“I decided that my personal challenge in 2024 would be to walk the Bob Graham Round in the English Lake District.  It is actually one of the ultimate challenges for long-distance fell runners, but as a fell runner, I am not.  Having spent 50 years enjoying the Lake District in so many ways I decided that to walk the Bob Graham Round over two days would take me to a place I love and be a big test for me.

“It so happens that Emma is the only person I know who has completed the Bob Graham Round in under 24 hours.  One of Emma’s many magnificent achievements.

“When I learnt that Michael, Emma’s husband, had set up The Orange Foundation charity, with its practical focus to be there for people living with cancer and their families when they most need support, and with the shared bond of the Bob Graham Round, it was clear that a great opportunity had come about for me to step up, no pun intended, and raise funds.

“Linking my personal challenge to support this wonderful charity, created in memory of Emma, is already giving me added motivation and determination to prepare and complete the Round. I am sure Emma will be there for me when things get tough on the route.”

Alan plans to raise £1000 for the Foundation, but he’s also looking for more divine inspiration. He added; ‘Making a donation will be great, but if you could pray for good weather, good weather as it will help with river crossings and bog trotting will be easier, as will navigation.”

Michael Gregory concluded: “I’m extremely grateful that Alan has dedicated his challenge to Emma, and what a fitting tribute. Completing the Bob Graham was one of her proudest achievements and I’m sure Alan will do her proud too.” 

If you would like to make a donation to Alan’s challenge, please click here

For more information about the Bob Graham round, you can read more at this link.

Alan will be attempting the route on the weekend of 27th and 28th July, starting from Keswick at approximately 01:00. He will be carrying a tracker so that over the weekend, people can see where he is on the route.  A link to the tracker will be added to this page shortly before his attempt.

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