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  The Paddy Buckley Round                           The UK Big 3 Rounds
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On the Glyders   (photo courtesy of  Ali Bisatt)


Also known as the Welsh Classical Round, this is the Snowdonia equivalent of the BGR and generally acknowledged to be tougher by at least an hour.  It is a circuit of some 61 miles with 28000' ascent taking in 47 tops most of which are in the well-known areas of Snowdon, the Carneddau, the Glyderau and the Moelwynion.  Paddy Buckley devised the round with helpful comments from Chris Brasher, but Wendy Dodds was the first to complete it in 1982 in a time of 25 hours 38 minutes.  The first sub-24 hour round was on 30 July 1985 by Martin Stone in 23-26.  Although everyone will aim to complete the circuit in sub-24 hours no time limit is stipulated.  The route may be started from any point and completed in a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction.


Note:  For it to qualify as part of a 'Big 3' completion  the Paddy Buckley Round must be completed in under 24 hours!



Click on the icon to download summit details and a sub-24 hour schedule.  This is in an Excel format to view/print.  It can be customised to your chosen start time and pace and used to record your actual times - see the notes at the bottom of the spreadsheet.


To obtain official details of the PBR and to register successful completions email:

Updated each year-end

Links and Further Information

  • A Long Day in Snowdonia  -  how the PBR came about.  Paddy Buckley’s original article published in Compass Sport in 1983 

  • The UK Big 3 records – an overview of the PBR, BGR and CRR. 

  • The Welsh Three Thousand Foot Challenges, Roy Clayton and Ronald Turnbull (1997) Contains a chapter on the PBR route.

  • Paddy Buckley Round, 1:40,000 map (Harvey Map Services, 2011)




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Cuillin Round
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John Fleetwood Welsh Round

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Llangollen Hills Run

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Over The Hill Round
Paddy Buckley Round

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Rigby Round - Cairngorms

Run the Line - Dales

Ring of Fire - Galloway

Saddleworth 10 Trigs
Scottish 4000’s
Six County Tops - Peak
Snowdonia Skyline
Snowdon to Pumlumon

South Pennine 39 Trigs
South Wales Traverse

Steve Parr Round

Tan Hill to Kirkstone Pass Inn
Tranter’s Round

Tyndrum Round
Upper Calder 13 Trigs
Wainwright 7 Summits

Wainwrights 30@30

Wicklow  Round
Yorkshire Round
Yorkshire 2000’s


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Links & Articles

Sub-ultras (under 50 km)


Where there is a recorder please contact them to log your completion. In addition, or if there isn't a recorder, you are invited to share your experience on the gofar facebook page to encourage and inspire other runners to have a go!



All the routes on this site require proven mountain running experience. You undertake them entirely at your own risk. Please take full mountain safety precautions at all times.  Always ensure you carry sufficient clothing, food and equipment to cope with dramatic changes in the weather conditions!  Appropriate insurance cover is recommended.


The object of this website is to provide a single, ready source of information on the ultra-distance mountain challenges which have been developed over the past four or more decades. It now offers a diverse range of long and "short", old and recent, formal and informal routes from around the UK to encourage runners of all ages and abilities to have a go, subject to proven mountain experience in all conditions.




Please send details of any record-breaking runs and the like to Martin Stone who maintains records on behalf of the Fell Runners Association. Email:

Please also refer to the guidelines and definitions in the FRA Handbook.


If you can improve on the accuracy of this resource, spot any errors in grid references, names, heights, spelling or punctuation, or find a link which does not work please email Tony Wimbush.:

Similarly, if you wish to submit any new (or old) routes for inclusion see the contact page for the information and format that is required:. 

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