This evening ultra distance mountain runner Jez Bragg has broken the record for the Ramsay Round. He stormed over the finish line at Glen Nevis Youth Hostel at around 21:12, shaving 11 minutes from the previous time of 18hrs 23minutes - a record that's stood since 1989.
One of the UK's big three sub-24-hour fell running challenges, the Ramsay Round links 24 Lochaber Munros in a gruelling 60-mile loop - Ben Nevis, Carn Mor Dearg, Aonachs Mor and Beag, the full length of the Grey Corries, the Easains, the Loch Treig Munros and the whole Mamores ridge (including outliers).
Jez kicked off at 3am today, starting with the big one, Ben Nevis. By 09:57 he'd already reached the Loch Treig dam.
He carried a live tracker so that people could follow his progress in real time (see here).
'Due to the rather drawn out Scottish winter this year, I've already had to postpone the attempt twice' he wrote on his blog before the attempt, 'now meaning it falls just a week before the Dragon's Back Race! Not ideal, but with all the hard work completed via numerous recce trips and setting up a brilliant support team to help - it's now or never. So I'm going for it.'
'The Highlands always offer such an epic day out - it's going to be one heck of an experience whatever happens.'
Well done to Jez, with a new record time of 18hrs12mins! We hope to catch up with him soon to find out more about the run.
The UK's Big Three
Paddy Buckley Round
A 62 mile circuit of 47 Snowdonian summits, the round was devised by Paddy Buckley but first run in under 24 hours by Martin Stone in 1985. The route includes the Carneddau, the Glyderau, the Snowdon range, the Moelwynion and the Moel Hebog range. For more details check out runner Bob Wightman's website.
Bob Graham Round
Done as a sub-24 hour push the Bob Graham round of 42 Lakeland peaks (including the four 3000-ers) is one of the toughest fell runner's challenges in the country. Wearing tennis shoes and fuelled on bread and butter the man himself set the bar high way back in 1932 and his time of 23 hours 39 minutes stood for 28 years. See the Bob Graham Club website for more.
An extension of an earlier effort by Philip Tranter, Charlie Ramsay's amazing effort covers 24 Lochaber Munros over around 60 miles, including Ben Nevis, the Aonachs, the Grey Corries, the Easains and Loch Treig Munros and the whole Mamores ridge. Ramsay just scraped inside the 24 hour limit in 1978; the current record stands at 18hrs12. More info at the Ramsay's Round site.