Another day to log in the history of Calder Valley Fell Runners as the legend Karl
Gray set the second fastest Paddy Buckley time. In doing so he made it a CVFR 1st
and 2nd in the all time list with teammate Math Roberts holding the fastest time.
The Paddy Buckley Round, also known as the “Welsh Classical Round” is a long
distance fell running challenge in Snowdonia in Wales. The route is a circuit of just
over 100km long taking in some 47 summits. It has the reputation of being
somewhat tough with very varied and hard terrain to encounter. Karl started his
challenge in Llanberis at 4am on Sunday morning in near perfect weather conditions.
The going was good with fairly dry conditions underfoot after last week’s settled
weather. Moving well at his own pace he tackled The Glyders and then onto the very
rocky and steep Tryfan mountain. Losing a little bit of time on his schedule he was
soon on his way from Lyn Ogwen to Capel Curig and held a consistent pace over
Moelywyns to Betsw y Coed. A master at pacing he picked up time on the next
grassier section to the bottom of the ranger path before tackling the highest summit
Snowdon. With lots of climbing still to do and darkness setting in on this last tough
leg he was only 10 minutes behind schedule. Karl tackled Moel Eilio and had a
strong run back to Llanberis to completed his PB in a time of 17 hours 28
In these difficult times, Calder Valley’s fell running stars have provided light for us mere mortals. One such star shone exceptionally bright on Saturday night, when Math Roberts took on and smashed the record of one of the UK’s top fell running challenges, The Paddy Buckley Round. Also known as the “Welsh Classical Round”, the route is a circuit of just over 100km long taking in some 47 summits and 28,000 feet of climb! The Round has the reputation of being somewhat tougher to complete than its English Lake District equivalent, the Bob Graham Round.
Math Roberts, the new Paddy Buckley record holder, with members of his support team Andrew Schofield from Borrowdale FR and Gavin Roberts from Eryri Harriers.
Math Roberts has run himself into the record books, to become the new Paddy Buckley record holder in a time of 16 hours and 37 minutes. An incredible achievement, probably made even sweeter being on home soil. This was a record previously held by international fell runner, Damian Hall in July 2019, who ran 17:31.
Math Roberts on the Paddy Buckley Round.
Karl Gray, another Calder Valley legend helped support Math, on a couple of legs said:
‘He set off on a 17.16 schedule at 4am. Perfect conditions throughout. Clear and cool temp. He was up on schedule by 18mins after leg 2 and 33 mins up after leg 3. He made more time up on leg 4 but understandably slowed a bit on the last leg! All his support were amazing and they never put a foot wrong!
Math Roberts, smashing the Paddy Buckley record.
– CALDER VALLEY NEWS REPORTER: Eileen McDonach, with thanks to Thirza Hyde and Karl Gray for photos, quotes and information