***UPDATE: On Monday July 2nd, 2018 (7:56am UK time) Nicky Spinks became the first runner to complete a Double Ramsay Round, negotiating the gruelling 116 miles in a time of 55 hours and 56 minutes. She battled heat exhaustion and sleep deprivation to summit 48 peaks in the Scottish mountains. I was following her through her two day epic, the heat must have been murderous, but what an achievement one can only marvel at her endurance and power. What a role model for everyone especially after being a cancer survivor for 10 years. The mental strength to continue was amazing.
Nicky, a 51-year-old farmer from Yorkshire who recovered from breast cancer in 2006, uses her running challenges to help raise money for cancer charity Odyssey (donate here). So far, she has raised £15,000 and earlier this month was rewarded for her services to sport and charity with the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
The Double Ramsay Round attempt will began from Glen Nevis Youth Hostel, Fort William, at midnight on Friday (June 29th). Nicky was supported on the mountains by running friends who will carry food and water, as well as assist with navigation. She will also receive support at valley crossings, where more friends armed with supplies will be waiting.
Nicki completed her incredible journey, what an effort.
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|Am Bodach||Sat 03:29||01h02|
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|Stob C. Sgriodain||Sat 11:44||00h27|
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|Sgurr Elide Mor||Sat 22:39||03h38|
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|Na Graugaichean||Sun 01:11||00h27|
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|Sgurr Choinnich Mor||Sun 13:50||01h23|
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|Aonach Beag||Mon 00:33||02h05|
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|Carn More Dearg||Mon 03:10||01h50|
|Ben Nevis||Mon 05:06||01h55|
I cannot imagine how this was achieved and having completed the smaller Phillip Tranters round many years ago after 2 attempts I felt invincible and exhausted. This is a classic running Round of 40 miles and circa 6000m ascent along the Ben Nevis, Aonachs, Grey Corries and then Mamores ranges in Lochaber many years ago on my own with my dog I have a small idea of what an effort she put in.
I now have another heroine what effort and support, what a band of folk these hill runners are. Nikki what an effort and great to see the support you have from this incredible band of people, you are all unique and we can all learn from your humility.
This is what I wrote about a pal – Manny Gorman who ran the Corbetts – it is a small insight into those who run in our hills. a specail breed.
In my life I have been so lucky to meet some amazing people and Manny Gorman is one of them. I went to a lecture in Boat of Garten near Aviemore and I met Manny he was talking about his incredible trip “The Corbett’s in 70 days. I had met him before on the hill and as hill runner and he is one of its celebrities, they are unassuming men and women with no egos. Today’s sports superstars could learn from these people. “Manny “is of a breed of these unknown athletes, he is a passionate hill runner and he is one of the finest amongst this unique band of people. They are very private people, they are a “family” and this book gives an insight into this incredible sport, their life, the pain, the suffering but the joy of moving fast through wild land.