Peaks and troughs in mountain challenge

Gary (centre) is pictured at the end of his challenge with support runners Tom (left) and Sam Alexander.
Gary (centre) is pictured at the end of his challenge with support runners Tom (left) and Sam Alexander.

Forfar runner Gary Milne has been successful in his attempt to bag Scotland’s 10 highest Munros in just three

days.

Between July 18 and 20, Gary swam, cycled and ran his way from Loch Lomond to the Cairngorms in an epic-scale triathlon to raise money for the Scottish Mountain Rescue Service

He began by swimming across Loch Lomond and ran into problems right at the start, as the route should have been four miles but the rough conditions meant he had to take a detour, which added a short distance to the crossing.

He said: “I was most surprised about how difficult I found the swim. I thought it would be the most straightforward but conditions were really bad. It started calm but the wind picked up and the waves were big.

“It took a lot more out of me than I thought and it made the first bike run feel a bit longer than it should have. It was good though and the weather was fine.”

After the swim Gary, accompanied by his dad Ron, cycled to Ben Lawers which was the first of the 10 Munros he tackled during the weekend.

The second day involved a 55-mile cycle to the Nevis range where his running route included Aonach Beag, Aonach Mor, Carn Mor Dearg and then on to Ben Nevis.

Gary said: “While on the way down Ben Nevis I actually saw a rescue taking place which gave me a bit of a push and reminded my why I was doing it.”

Day three started with a 32-mile cycle followed by a 22-mile run that took in Cairngorm, Ben Macdui, Cairn Toul, Angel’s Peak and Braeriach.

Despite some cuts and scratches, Gary completed the challenge in one piece although he said that the day after completing it he felt as if he had been “hit by a bus” and so far he has raised almost £1500 for the mountain rescue service.

He added: “When I finished I was pretty happy but relieved it was over. It was as hard as I thought it was going to be and while I’m happy with what I did, I don’t think I’ll be doing anything like it again in a hurry.”

Donations can still be made at www.justgiving.com/GaryBig10Triathlon