The inaugural Frog Graham Round (FGR) was completed by Peter Hayes in May 2005 and was completely self-supported.  Tim Mosedale followed with the second FGR in a similar fashion in 2014, but how you tackle the round is completely down to your personal preference.  Those contenders who have already undertaken the Bob Graham Round will be familiar with a model where a person is supported by other runners who carry his/her equipment and provide navigational guidance; while this is completely acceptable for the FGR, contenders should consider how Peter defines the Spirit and Ethos of the round and tailor their decisions accordingly.

Peter Hayes swimming in Ullswater with swimsac

Peter Hayes swimming in Ullswater with swimsac

"The Frog Graham Round will be beyond the physical capabilities of some people, however I still want the challenge to be open to as many people as possible who would like to try it.  For this reason there is no time limit and why taking everything you need with you in a swimsac is part of the Spirit of the challenge rather than a rule and is not something that should be enforced.”

"I think that when people decide to do it in a way that is other than self-supported they are best placed to judge for themselves what degree of support is reasonable and what might leave them feeling that they have made things too easy for themselves.  

If, say, someone of 'advanced years' managed to get round the route with lots of support, then this is wholly within the spirit of the Frog Graham Round, because it would be impossible for them to get round otherwise; they have done all that they can within their capabilities – well done to them!  However, if someone much younger and at peak fitness – someone for whom the route is no more than a longish day out - went round with lots of support that would still be acceptable, but perhaps they would feel that it had not been quite in the spirit of the thing.”

On the subject of canoes/kayaks accompanying contenders on “supported” attempts:

"I would again want to leave this to the discretion of the contender as it might be another nice way of getting friends and family to participate.  The last thing I would want is for anyone to get into trouble during the swims, but I am not wholly sure that canoes make things safer:

  1. There are more things to go wrong (in one abortive attempt the support canoe blew away) and

  2. People may spur each other on. (meaning the contender works harder than he/she would otherwise)

Safety must be absolutely paramount on any Frog Graham Round attempt and while this is the completely down to the individual, I would much prefer that contenders take all the necessary steps to minimise risk."

Chasing The Frog a film by Ian Palmer