Obesity Professor to attempt to climb 42 peaks in 24 hours for charity
The Bob Graham Round is a 72-mile circuit of 42 fells in the Lake District, including the 3,000-foot peaks of Skiddaw, Helvellyn, and Scafell Pike. Paul will aim to complete the entire challenge in under 24 hours. The Round is the equivalent of running from London to Dover, and up and down Mount Everest.
Paul, Founder and Director of MoreLife (UK) Ltd, said: "The Bob Graham Round is the toughest challenge I've ever set myself, but it's well worth it to raise funds for such an important cause. It seems fitting that I should push myself to my limits in order to help children push theirs, and overcome their greatest life challenge."
Paul hopes to raise a huge £100,000 to help young people and their families in their fight against obesity. Money raised for HOOP UK will help children and teenagers access the support they need to tackle obesity.
To contribute a donation, please visit www.justgiving.com/paul-gately
HOOP UK Limited
Hoop is a registered charity that was set up in 2012 to help source and fund treatment for those people who are struggling with obesity.
Between 2005-2010, 99.4% of Obesity centred funding in the UK was dedicated to 'prevention' as opposed to just 0.6% being spent on 'treatment' for sufferers. HOOP aims to address this imbalance and to be the voice of the obese person in the UK. Visit www.hoopuk.org.uk for more information.
More about the Bob Graham Round
The Bob Graham Round it is considered by many as one of the most demanding tests of endurance for an amateur athlete or mountaineer.
The round is named after Bob Graham, who set the record in 1932 for the number of Lakeland fells traversed in 24 hours. Bob held the record for 28 years until it was broken by Alan Heaton in 1960.
The Round had been successfully completed by fewer than 1800 people by the end of 2012. Although it is possible to complete the basic round at a fast walking pace, most contenders choose to run at least the level ground. Solo rounds have been accomplished although most contenders are accompanied by at least one runner in support. The vast majority of attempts are undertaken close to mid-summer to make use of maximum daylight but, as of March 2011, twenty three individuals have successfully completed a winter round of the standard circuit!