THE decades-old record on one of the country's most prestigious fell running challenges has been beaten by a Catalan sky runner.

Kilian Jornet, 30, completed the Bob Graham Round in 12h52; one hour ahead of Billy Bland’s time, the runner who has held the current record of 13h53 since 1982.

Jornet said: “It has been hard, but very exciting. I've had the Bob Graham Round in mind for a while and finally I had the chance give it a try and I've realised how amazing the time was that Billy did thirty years ago."

The Bob Graham Round takes in 42 peaks in the Lake District in England, covering over 106km and with 8,200m of overall ascent.

Full story in this week's Gazette.