We’re the UK’s leading specialist in supported mountain running ‘Rounds’, and we have enjoyed leading dozens of successful contenders to complete their Bob Graham and Charlie Ramsay rounds. They say the Paddy Buckley is the toughest round of all: are you ready for the challenge?
Thanks Charlie and Dale for supporting me on my BGR (Bob Graham Round). Your navigation in cloud/dark was spot on, you were both very good at motivating me to keep moving forwards and distracting me from my tiredness/pain. If anyone wants to have a crack at the round then I would wholeheartedly recommend you.
The newest of the UK’s classic Rounds, the Paddy Buckley round was devised by Paddy in conjunction with Chris Brasher, and first completed by Wendy Dodds in 1982. Unlike Bob Graham and Charlie Ramsay, the man who gave the Paddy Buckley its name is not amongst its list of finishers. 214 men and women are listed on the roll of honour, and fewer than 170 of them managed to complete the challenge within the target time of 24 hours: of the three rounds in the UK, perhaps this really is the toughest.
Usually tackled in five ‘legs’, the Paddy Buckley route takes in the ‘Welsh 3000s’, including Snowdon, the Carneddau, the Glyderau and the Moelwynion. The current record is held by Kim Collison, who completed the challenge in 16h 20min in April 2021.
Unlike the Bob Graham and Charlie Ramsay Rounds, the Paddy Buckley has no fixed start point; like the Charlie Ramsay, it can be completed in a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction.
The Paddy Buckley Round can be completed clockwise or anticlockwise, CW being the preferred direction: the only rule is that you must summit every peak, in the correct order. We will guide you in either direction, but clockwise seems to make sense, breaking the challenge into five stages. There is no recognised start location, but sense seems to say either Llanberis or Capel Curig are the places to start. We will happily discuss all options with you and make the right decision for YOU.
Choosing a guided round with us is not an easy option: you will still need to call on every last ounce of determination and stamina that you possess, to become a Paddy Buckley 24 hour [or more] finisher. What we can do, is take the worries of planning, navigation and logistics right out of your hands, leaving you free to focus on the challenge itself. Not only do we have the skills in navigation and mountaincraft to look after you in the hills; we also have the experience of completing this epic round behind us. We know how it feels to be in your shoes, and we’re by your side every step of the way.
Your safety is our first concern, so before we set a date for your Paddy Buckley attempt, we want to make sure that you’re ready for the challenge ahead:
The cost of your supported Paddy Buckley Round is £1200, payable in three installments: a £500 deposit is due at the time of making your booking (usually 6-12 months before your planned Challenge date); and the remainder is due 8 weeks prior to your round, then the final instalment is due the day before your round takes place. Our fee includes:
The terms and conditions below apply specifically to guided Paddy Buckley Rounds. Please see our full Terms and Conditions section for general booking information.
Your deposit is non-refundable due to costs incurred at the time of booking.
Postponement and cancellation
If we decide that it’s essential to postpone your round due to bad weather conditions, we will give you as much notice as possible and reschedule for the next mutually agreeable date. Your deposit will be transferred to the new date.
If you need to postpone your Round due to injury, please give us as much notice as possible. Additional costs may be incurred.
If you decide to cancel your round for any reason, any deposit(s) paid to date are non- refundable.
We cannot guarantee that you will succeed in completing your goal, nor that you will do so in 24 hours, however do remember if you complete in 48 hours, its still a 'tick' and entry into the exclusive Paddy Buckley Club. We will do our utmost to enable you to do so, but ultimately it is up to you; your training; your mental preparation and your fitness. No discounts or refunds can be offered for non-completion.
Decoding the Bob Graham Round; This is a 2 hour in depth seminar about everything you need to know to plan/organise your Bob Graham Round to how to train in your own area. If you are serious about doing a BGR, then this session will charge you with everything you need to know and more.
Learn to use poles the right way, and you will transform yourself from struggling biped to energy-efficient quadruped: move efficiently, improve your stability, and boost your performance when you need it most.
If you’re training for a long ultra, or if you just want extra peace of mind before you head into the hills for a long day out, sound night-navigation skills are a must.
66 miles. 42 Lake District Peaks. 8,200m ascent. 24 hours to finish. If you’re looking for a serious running challenge, look no further. Have you got what it takes to complete a Bob Graham?