Tavistock man completes arduous 'Bob Graham' challenge in the Lake District

By Lindsay Turpin in Local People

THE arduous and renowned ‘Bob Graham’ route over the highest peaks in the English Lake District was recently completed by one Tavistock man who was raising money for a former comrade.

Jamie Turpin, a former Royal Marine, took on the circuit last month, with three other friends, to raise money for Josh Pelland, who became paralysed during a climbing accident last year falling 65 feet.

Jamie aimed to raise £1,000 for Josh, who is currently training for the Ironman 70.3 event in Dubai early next year, but the total currently stands at £1,710, which far exceeded his expectations and thanked everyone who donated.

The money raised will help Josh buy equipment, travelling costs and entering the Ironman event, which involves a hand cycle, speed wheelchair and swim.

Having never been to the Lakes before Jamie did not know what would face him but had a good idea it would not be easy: ‘It was a lot tougher than expected — I aimed to do it in two days but due to dangerous weather had to break it into three.’

Looking back at his Strava fitness app, it said that over the three days, Jamie covered 72.5 miles, 25,453 feet of elevation, 29.13 hours of moving time and burned 14,976 calories. Days one and two were 30 miles each and day three was the final 12 miles to finish.

‘I navigated the route myself and, without having been to the Lakes before, was pleased to reach all the peaks in sometimes thick cloud and mist,’ added Jamie, a personal trainer at Tavistock Physio Clinic.

‘Our team of four — myself, Liz Fulton, Woppy Keeling and Lottie Fulton — became two halfway through the first day (Monday) so Lottie and I carried on to the second meeting point with the support team at 30.4 miles. We were taken back to the house for some food and rest to be dropped off again on Wednesday at the same point.

‘The weather was too bad on Tuesday so for safety reasons we didn’t go out on the hills. Lottie had suffered a knee injury from day one but soldiered on with the start of day two before having to drop out to avoid further injury. Definitely a good idea as the next pick up point was approximately 18 miles away.’

Jamie did the rest of the second day by himself. Liz joined Jamie on the third day (Thursday) for the hilly six-mile section before he ran the last six-mile road route into Keswick to meet his wife and son.

Jamie said: ‘I would like to say a special thank you to the team at Tavistock Physio Clinics; Jane Hyde, Dr Esther Fox and James Armstrong who all helped treat and rehabilitate an injury around my knee that I picked up prior to the challenge and one afterwards. They made it possible for me to take on the hills of the Lake District.

‘A huge thank you to everyone who donated. Now to figure out my next challenge!’

The webpage is still open for donations, www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/jamie-turpin

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