Douglas takes on Everest challenge for charity

Skye man Douglas Strachan travelled recently to the roof of the world to take part in the gruelling Everest Marathon.

The intrepid recently-retired biology teacher from Breakish joined an elite band of only 1,059 runners to complete the Nepalese event since its inception in 1985.

Douglas finished the race — held in the shadow of the world’s highest peak —  27th out of 65 starters, and was second out of the seven over-60s taking part.

As it normally takes most runners twice their usual marathon time due to altitude, rough paths and steep ascents Douglas’s time of eight hours, 14 minutes and 36 seconds represented a formidable achievement.

Douglas — who began running in last place due to being asked to play a fanfare on the bugle at the start — said he was grateful to all his supporters and sponsors. Once all monies are collected a sum of around £2,600 will be shared by Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Everest Marathon Fund supporting Nepalese rural health and education charities.

The winners of the “guess the time” competition were Ishbel Strachan and Mickey Thien.
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