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FOLLOWING THE MAP AUCTION initiated on this page last time, Charlie Campbell (the Munros in 48 days man) has written to offer "a big thanks" to those who helped raise £129 for the Dreams Come True charity. The old copy of Landranger 9 even-tually went to Paul Kennedy of Carlisle, who commented that "it's in much better condition than my own copy, despite the fact I've only used it twice".
Campbell has subsequently given his first slideshow / talk about the run, at the excellent John Smith's / Tiso lecture theatre in the Glasgow Couper Street store, and again he passes on thanks to those who came along (it was packed) and who donated another £150 to DCT. "No more gigs for now," he says, but venues such as the Clachaig, New Heights or Nevisport should maybe think about booking him. The turnout in Glasgow showed the level of interest in extraordinary feats such as this, especially given how humble Charlie is about it all.
Early December also saw him pick up this year's Fell Runners' Association long distance award, having seen off some impressive opposition. For an idea of the kind of things some hill folk get up to, here are summaries of the other short-listees:
Scott Umpleby and Brian Meakin: Winter Bob Graham round on 19-20/12/99. Temperature dipped to minus 16C at Dunmail Raise.
Glyn Jones: Solo unsupported Southern Upland Way in Nov 1999 - "foregoing all assistance, no purchase, stealing or begging of food, drink or equipment and no sleeping or sheltering in any structure such as a bus shelter or bothy." Carried a plastic sheet but no sleeping bag. Six days five hours.
Nigel Jenkins: Winter circumnavigation of Dartmoor, 76 miles and 9000ft in 18 hrs 3 mins on Millennium Eve. "A fine winter run in a nice part of the world."
Mark McDermot: Second overall in Wasatch endurance race, Utah. Just under 21 hours for the 100 miles and 23000ft.
Tom Gibbs and Keri James: Four principal summits of Wales, Pen y Fan, Plynlimon, Cadair Idris and Snowdon. 23 miles of running with 8500ft climb, 120 miles of cycling with 7000ft climb. 12 hrs 32 mins summit-to-summit, 14 hrs 26 mins from Storey Arms to Pen-y-Pass.
Julian Rank, Andy Shaw: Dark Peak wrecks - 100-mile run from Marsden linking 63 air-crash sites. "Spent three years searching the moors for all traces of anything that looks like it could have flown." 31 hours with 16000ft ascent.
Duggie Gillespie, Paul McClintock (29/7/00) and John Coyle (3/9/00): Scottish 4000ers on bike and foot. Attempts to beat Mark Hartnell's record of 12 hrs 35 mins for the traverse (32 miles / 13400ft on foot, 61 miles / 3600ft pedalling). Both attempts came close but just missed out: Gillespie and McClintock by 45 minutes, Coyle by six minutes. All went west-east and took the "wrong" line at the start of the descent into the Lairig.
Dawn Scott: Female record for Tranter's Round. 15 hrs 57 mins around Glen Nevis on 18-19/7/00 taking in Mamores first.
Rick Ansell: South Wales traverse - a 70-mile run across twenty 2000ft summits, then cycling 50 miles back from Llanthony next morning. 18 hrs 47 mins total.
Yiannis Tridimas: Even Greater Cuillin round. Extension to Rob Woodall's 1999 Red and Black Cuillin round. Added Sgurr a'Bhasteir to make 60 summits in 34 miles with 26000ft ascent. 14-15/6/00. Two hours faster than Woodall (who provided support): 21 hrs 22 mins.
Barry Johnson and Dave Clarkson: Flodigarry to Elgol. Skye traverse to mark Johnson's 60th year. On foot bar Portree to Slig.
Kumar Limbu: Everest base camp to Kathmandu. New fastest time (3 days 7 hrs 10 mins) for 188-mile run with 34000ft ascent and 50000ft descent. 11-14/5/00. Just four hours' sleep. Beat the 1987 Diamantides/ Wright record by about three hours.
Hélène Diamantides: Solo winner, Western Isles Challenge. Multi-day, multi-sport race held in May. Sea kayaking, cycling and hill-running from Barra to Butt of Lewis, 160 miles. Diaman-tides is new to mountain biking and sea kayaking but won in 36 hours, 4.5 hours ahead of the next (male) competitor.
Hilary Spenceley: St Cuthbert's Way. Melrose Abbey to Lindisfarne Priory run, 100km with 1710m ascent. 12 hrs 2 mins 42 secs on 15/7/00.
John Kewley: Bob Baxter traverse, Isle of Man. An 8/7/00 attempt on Colin Donnelly's 11 hour 35 min record for the "36 or so" tops higher than 1000ft, over 54 miles starting from Laxey Beach. Kewley had previously been round in 12 hrs 8 mins and missed the record by just two minutes this time, perhaps due to "a short navigational error in town".
Amazing stuff. Thanks to Martin Stone (FRA recorder) and Rob Woodall for background information.
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