The inspirational Nicky Spinks made fell running history in May by becoming the fastest person to run a Double Bob Graham Round. The 49-year-old cancer-survivor marked 10 years post-diagnosis by running the 132-mile Lake District route, which included around 54,000ft of ascent, in a time of 45 hours and 30 minutes. She took over an hour off the previous record set in 1979 by Roger Baumeister, who was there in person to support Nicky during her attempt.
The story of Nicky’s incredible life and phenomenal Double Bob Graham Round success has been told in a new film called RUN FOREVER. The film premiered at the Kendal Mountain Festival in November and won the Judge’s Special Prize. You too can now watch the full film here:
Nicky Spinks – Pushing boundaries and living life to the full
Starting and finishing in Keswick, a standard Bob Graham Round involves a 66-mile circuit of 42 summits including 27,000ft of elevation gain. It has to be completed in less than 24 hours. Nicky, a farmer from Yorkshire, did all that twice, and became only the second person after Roger – and first woman – to go sub-48 hours. Her achievement gained widespread national media attention.
Prior to her record-run, the longest period of time Nicky had run for was 36 hours. Entering into unchartered territory, she pushed her body and mind to their limits. She was supported throughout by family and friends, including fell running legend Joss Naylor.
Nicky was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. She underwent treatment and made a strong recovery. Since then she has set multiple fell and ultra running records across the UK and placed high in some of Europe’s toughest races.