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About Virginia Bird

Stunning views from the Bob Graham Round
Virginia has a special passion for mountains, be it skiing down them or walking, cycling, running up them. Recently retired, to mark her 60th year she aims to climb 60 summits staying in independent hostels on the way.
Bob Graham Round from The White Horse Inn Bunkhouse

This time it was Mary’s fault. She wanted a training weekend in preparation for the Ultra Tour Monte Rosa, a stunning multi day run in Switzerland and Italy. I was keen to join her as last time I didn’t see the views,

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Another Bob Graham attempt?

Summits in Shropshire.

I’m in my sixtieth year and am planning on climbing 60 summits to celebrate. There are no criteria about height, and I can do more than one in a day. It’s half way through the year and I’ve knocked off 50! Last weekend a small window of opportunity opened up to escape to Shropshire for a couple of days and I jumped at it.

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Running Long Mynd from All Stretton Bunkhouse

The Bob Graham Round for Walkers.

For years I’d heard talk of the Bob Graham Round, and I was intrigued by it. I knew that it was impossible for me to travel 66 miles and climb 42 peaks (27,000 ft of ascent) in 24 hours. So I decided to do it my way, take it much slower and stay overnight in hostels along the way.

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A summit on the Bob Graham Round

Running Hadrian’s Wall

Maria from Uruguay suggested running Hadrian’s Wall when we were at 4000m in Nepal. It had never entered my head. Anyway, as it was a chance for a reunion and 50th birthday celebrations with some runners we’d met in Nepal, I offered to organise it.

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Hadrians Wall. Hostel or Bunkhouse accommodation at Slack House Farm & Florries Bunkhouse