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    Re: Billy Blands Splits

    Quote Originally Posted by paulo View Post
    I can hear distant echoes of the British climbers' refrain "but what's he ever done on grit?" Surely it's not possible or useful to compare the two and we should expect that today's top mountain runner will be able to beat Billy's times. I'd certainly be surprised if he can't but that doesn't detract at all from Billy's status and achievements from a certain never to be recaptured time and circumstance, some might even say "golden age" - I don't know, I wasn't there. It's like trying to compare Mummery with Steck, Hannibal with Napoleon or Elvis with Strummer - impossible, pointless, to the detriment of both parties, and better left to lie
    I agree comparing the two is pretty pointless as there's no way meaningful way of doing so. However, I don't think the question of whether KJ would beat Billy's BG time is the same as asking is he better than Billy overall (whatever that might mean). It's a simply a case of could he do the BG, as is now, in the quickest time ever? One day he might have a pop at it and we'll find out. If he did and he beat it, it wouldn't be fair to criticise the achievement because he hadn't won Wasdale a week before or whatever. Nor would it be fair to criticise Billy for never having raced the SW100 or UTMB. Different people, different times. One record though!
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    Re: Billy Blands Splits

    ...but he's still no Billy Bland though....

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    ... and no-one ever will be ... BUT for my money having someone like Killian around is a real-time inspiration and I suppose in 3 years time once he's broken the records for Mont Blanc, Matterhorn and Everest he might just mosey up to the Moot Hall and settle the discussion once and for all ...

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    Re: Billy Blands Splits

    Don't forget Roseberry Topping there!
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    Re: Billy Blands Splits

    I'm surprised that all this focus on Kilian has not brought up the very realistic prospect of Jez Bragg breaking the record.
    Now he's pretty insane too

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    Re: Billy Blands Splits

    Quote Originally Posted by AlanB View Post
    I'm surprised that all this focus on Kilian has not brought up the very realistic prospect of Jez Bragg breaking the record.
    Now he's pretty insane too
    No chance.

    Jez, class ultra distance trail runner, nice guy, fell running wise he's never excelled.. and I suspect he'd admit that.. He's done OK, but even his marathon times are just decent.. 2:35 ish..

    He can race killian on ultra distance trail races but on rough stuff I doubt he'd be anywhere near him..

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    Well this thread didn't age well
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    For years people had banged on about Lakeland fells as if they were some new level of technical terrain...when they're great and all but they're not significantly harder than other mountainous places in the world
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    Someone has just beaten Billy Bland's time apparently. 13:44

    Believe he runs for Ambleside, but I didn't recognise the name...

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