Carol Morgan Breaks Lakes 24-hour Women's Record

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Carol Morgan has broken the Women's Lakes 24-hour record, ticking off 65 peaks in the allotted 24-hour limit. The previous female record holder was Nicky Spinks, who covered 64 peaks in 2011 in 23:15.

Starting and finishing in Braithwaite, Carol started at midnight on Sunday 30th August and returned to her starting point with just 3 minutes to spare. She added in Grisedale Pike as her extra summit, arriving there with 23 hours and 27 minutes elapsed.

Carol followed a very similar route to the Bob Graham, but instead of heading back to Keswick from Newlands, 24-hour record aspirants head up to Scar Crags and cover the horseshoe round to Grasmoor. How far you get depends on time and energy levels.

Carol Morgan's Lakes 24-hour Route  © Open Tracking
Carol Morgan's Lakes 24-hour Route
© Open Tracking

The Bob Graham Club collates Lake District record information and states that the rules for the 24 record are as follows: 'a contender must traverse on foot the same summits as the current Record holder in a faster time and/or with the addition of a separate summit or summits of 2,000 feet or over within 24 hours.'

Jean Dawes was the first woman to set a record in 1977 with 42 peaks. This was broken in quick succession by Anne-Marie Grindley and Ros Coats, before Grindley added another 16 peaks in 1979. In 2011, Nicky Spinks traversed 64 peaks, breaking what was a 17-year-old record at the time.

The men's record is currently held by Kim Collison, who broke the record earlier this year. He ticked off 78 peaks over a distance of 145km, with 11,750m of ascent in 23 hours and 45 minutes.

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