An Evening With Rob Jebb at Rheged Centre, Penrith

Ever considered running 66 miles at 27,000ft over some of the highest peaks in the English Lake District including Blencathra, Helvellyn, and Scafell?

No, neither have we! However, that’s exactly what local sporting hero Rob Jebb considers to be a ‘really good day’. Not for the faint hearted, Rob completed the infamous Bob Graham Round in 2016 in just 14 hours and 30 minutes, the second fastest time ever recorded!

The former World Sky running and British Fell running champion, who’s achievements including multiple Three Peaks Cyclo cross and fell race winner will be with us for an evening to talk about his running and cycling career from starting out to representing Great Britain. Followed by a Q&A. Find out exactly what motivates Rob to become the supremely fit athlete he is and what challenges he has set his sights on next!

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What inspired you to first start running and cycling?

I was inspired to take up running after watching my dad Peter and other Bingley Harriers race. I just always wanted to do it. I didn’t show much promise as a junior but really enjoyed it. I competed in my first race as a 9 year old and didn’t win my first race until 20 years old but that whet my appetite and I never looked back!

How much time do you dedicate to training?

Training changes depending on what event I am preparing for and time of year. When I was younger age 20-26 I ran 70 miles a week, trice a day, as I’ve got older I do more on the bike but still 40-50 miles. Winter I would do quite a bit indoors on turbo trainer for cyclo cross and only run 2-3 times a week but this helps keep me fresh and ready to run again before another new fell running season.

What went through your mind when you were running the Bob Graham Round?

Running the Bob Graham I didn’t think too much about it. I broke it down to think about the 5 different legs, and then about each summit being ticked off and just finishing!! Having something nice to eat and drink and have some banter with whoever was helping too!

We can’t wait for Rob to join us on Friday 23 February at 7:30pm. Find out more and book online here. Tickets are £8 Adults £7 Conc.

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