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JONATHAN TOMBS

Solo Bob Graham Round

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My story

[p]On Friday 21st June I'm attempting a solo Bob Graham Round to raise money for Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team to say thank you for helping rescue a friend.[/p][p]The Bob Graham Round is a 66 mile circuit of 42 peaks in the Lake District, with 27000 feet of ascent, and the aim is to complete the round in less than 24 hours.[/p][p]On Tuesday 11 December 2018 a very good friend and regular mountain marathon partner Justin sustained multiple injuries in a fall whilst running alone on the fells. His partner Ruth rang early that evening to say she was worried as Justin hadn't returned from a run. I knew immediately the situation was serious, it was December, dark, and we didn't know where he'd gone. After a few hours desperately spent searching some of his usual running spots for his van and after calling on the support of other friends Kim, Ally, Rob, and Ian, we found his van shortly after 9pm at Dunmail Raise and found Justin shortly before 10pm in a gully on the side of Steel Fell, seriously injured and mildly hypothermic. His dog Peggy alerted us to his location, remarkably she had remained with him after he fell at 2.30pm on the return from his run. Langdale & Ambleside MRT responded and he was eventually airlifted to Carlisle at midnight (the banner photo is the team readying Justin to be airlifted). A scan revealed the full extent of his injuries - a broken neck, broken back, broken sturnam, broken ribs, and a punctured lung. Remarkably just two days after major surgery Justin was standing and taking the first steps on the road to recovery. Six months on he is still on that road but he has made remarkable progress, most notably he is back walking on the fells.[/p][p]Undoubtedly all of us involved in the search that night contributed to saving Justin's life - it's not overdramatising the fact that if we hadn't found him when we did he would have been in a critical condition soon after. But whilst finding him was obviously key to a successful outcome, we couldn't possibly have got him off the mountain without the aid of mountain rescue. 19 members of Langdale & Ambleside MRT attended. The calm professionalism and efficiency with which they carried out the rescue was amazing to witness. Even though we didn't know the eventual outcome, when they arrived it brought an overwhelming sense of relief as we knew Justin was receiving the best level of care and attention he could possibly receive. We always hope we never have to call mountain rescue, but it is incredibly reassuring being able to head out into the mountains knowing that they are there and that they are willing and able to respond any time of day and night. Undertaking this challenge to raise money is my way of thanking L&AMRT for the part they played that night. [/p][p]Please give generously to say a collective thank you for the work MRT did to help rescue Justin and the work they continue to do all year round.[/p][p][i]Why a solo challenge?[/i][/p][p]Justin was out that day enjoying what lots of us enjoy doing, running alone in the mountains. More than walking in the mountains the sense of freedom and release that comes with being able to run on the fells is hard to describe, being able to move quickly over rough ground and cover large distances in a short time. This sense of freedom is greatest when running solo.[/p][p]That night in December as we drove round looking for Justin's van, Ruth and I had a conversation about the rewards and risks of running solo in the mountains. It is hard to truly experience that sense of freedom if you feel you have to stick to a pre planned route or be back by a preset time, or if you only ever run with others. There are however obvious risks in being alone. But I believe the rewards outweigh the risks and so I wanted to do a significant challenge which celebrates having the ability and confidence to run solo in the mountains. I have enjoyed covering lots of miles and climbing lots of ascent in training, with most of my training being solo runs in all weathers.[/p][p][i]Why a Bob Graham Round?[/i][/p][p]Justin had headed out that day to recce part of Leg 3 as he planned to support two friends Rob and Sam on their winter round 10 days later. Justin has an ambition to run all the BG legs and so having already done legs 2 and 4 he was keen to join Rob and Sam on Leg 3.[/p][p]When I did my Bob Graham Round in 2012 I thought I wouldn't ever repeat it because it wouldn't have the same special feeling that first completion had. But attempting to run it solo will provide a significantly different challenge, one I am looking forward to. [/p][p]A tracker (number 10) will keep track of my progress and can be viewed at[/p][p]http://live.opentracking.co.uk/bgr2019/?sfns=mo[/p]
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Jul 23, 2019

Andy

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jul 4, 2019

Debbie Lee

£10.00

Jun 30, 2019

Lowri

Great effort Jon. Take it easy before planning your next adventure!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jun 27, 2019

Chris

Well done Jon......another fine effort, and for a very worthy cause. Good to see that you have passed the £1k mark.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Jun 26, 2019

Emma and Ant

Jun 26, 2019

John O

Well done Jon

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Jun 25, 2019

Mark Kennedy

Great effort for a great cause. Really lovely to meet you on the day. You were so gracious and kind even when you were at a low ebb. An inspiration and a gentleman. Chapeau.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Jun 25, 2019

Roy

Great effort, Jon.

£40.00 plus £10.00 Gift Aid

Jun 25, 2019

Bob Diggles

Well done on the fundraising for a great cause, it was good to see you on Broad Crag!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Jun 24, 2019

Isabel Berry

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid