Safety must be absolutely paramount on any Frog Graham Round attempt and while this is the completely down to the individual, it is recommended that the following should be considered before any attempt



Safety must be absolutely paramount on any Frog Graham Round attempt and while this is the completely down to the individual, it is recommended that the following should be considered before any attempt

  1. You should be an experienced off-road runner and open-water swimmer before you consider an attempt on the Frog Graham Round. This means you should have the navigational skills and mountaincraft to adequately find your way around the route, as well as navigate your way to safety should the need arise. 
  2. You should have the necessary water skills to get yourself to safety in case of any problems encountered during the swims.  Ensure you have a means of survival, a wetsuit designed for open-water will aid with flotation, while a swimsac or one of the popular ChillSwim/Swim Secure inflatable drybags will provide both a means of transporting equipment and act as a flotation device.
  3. If you intend to swim any of the lakes without a wetsuit, be sure you have done sufficient acclimatisation training in cold water. The Lakes can be cold even in mid-summer and feel even more so to someone who has just ran a hard fell section.
  4. If you have any doubts about your ability in the water, do not hesitate to enlist the support of an accompanying boat/canoe. This will also help with direction-finding across the lakes, sighting can be difficult on the FGR, particularly on the Bassenthwaite and Derwentwater swims.  Some contenders have chosen to have accompanying swimmers with them on the swims.
  5. Be sure that you have left details with someone of your intentions and the route you are taking. Also the best-case and worst-case times you expect to be at key points.  It goes without saying that this is particularly important if attempting a solo round.
  6. Be sure that you have the means to call Mountain Rescue should the need arise. This means carrying a mobile phone, but bear in mind that cellular coverage can be sporadic in the fells.
  7. Remember to carry a basic first aid kit (or ensure that your supporters have one). Accidents can and often do happen.
  8. Check the weather forecast for the day you are attempting the Round as well as the days either side, weather forecasts should not be taken as gospel and  can change without warning. Do not skimp on kit because of apparent good weather.
  9. Be sure you have adequately recce’d the route in advance (including the swims), not doing so hugely increases the likelihood of failure. There are several areas enroute that could potentially be dangerous and they are outlined on “The Route” page. Note that the guidance should not be considered exhaustive, IT IS DOWN TO YOU TO KNOW THE RISKS!
  10. Be sure to have practised and trained for the transition from Running to Swimming (and then Running). This is an important element of the FGR, do not be under any illusions about (for example) the physical challenge of swimming across Derwentwater after running 38 miles on the fells.
  11. The growth of bracken poses a considerable problem on the FGR route and you should be aware that there may be none present during an early Spring recce, then the same path be completely overgrown later in the year. This is most serious on the approaches to Low Bank, the slopes of Mellbreak, across Scale Beck enroute Red Pike and then on the lower slopes of High Stile above Horse Close.  The climb up to Robinson is covered in bracken, but the path is usually clear.

Kit List

What should you take with you?

Kit List

What should you take with you?

The Kit listed below should be considered in addition to your standard Trail/Fell Running kit

Essential Kit

First Aid Kit that includes:

  • blister plasters
  • sterile pad dressing
  • bandage or tape to secure dressing

Full Waterproof Body Cover, top and bottom, windproof is not sufficient and should be waterproof with taped seams, a hood is advisable.

Spare Base Layer Top and Bottom, should be full length bottoms & long sleeve top. 

Head Torch with fresh batteries along with spares just in case. 

Suitable scale Maps covering the whole route and Compass (and know how to use them, you must at a minimum know how to orientate a map using a compass and take a simple bearing to provide direction).

Fully charged Mobile Phone

Emergency Foil Blanket or Bivvy Bag that is large enough to cover whole body.

Hat/Buff and Gloves, no matter what time of year.

Emergency Food equivalent to about 500kcal. This should not be part of your food for the Round but there when you need it.

Waterproof Sack or Dry Bag large enough to get all of you kit in for the swimming sections

Wetsuit, if you are not an accomplished openwater swimmer it is recommended that you swim with a wetsuit. Wetsuit Gloves and Boots are also recommended.

Silicone or Neoprene Swimming Cap is a must, a single Latex is not sufficient.

Rucksack / Running pack with Hydration System or Bottles

Optional Kit

GPS Tracker e.g. SPOT Gen3