Skye ultra runner Donnie Campbell will this weekend embark on another gruelling and potentially record-breaking challenge.
He will join his fellow international runner Andrew Murray in an attempt to climb Great Britain’s 10 highest mountains in one day.
Taking on a challenge that is not known to have been completed before, the pair will start early this Saturday on a run of Ben Lawers in Perthshire before driving to a route that includes four mountains in the Nevis range. The intrepid duo will follow that by another drive to the Cairngorms, where the final five mountains await.
Campbell (29) is a running coach, and a former Marine Commando based in Edinburgh. Previously he ran from Glasgow to Skye without stopping.
On the latest challenge, he explained: “It will be a 4am start, followed by a full day of up-and-down, up-and-down — which I love. It is a completely do-able challenge, and we hope people will give ‘The Big 10’ a shot after us.
“Some fresh air and a load of hills might give us sore legs the next day, but it’s underestimated how good exercise is for mental health as well as physical health, which is why we are encouraging everyone to get active in whichever way suits them ahead of the Commonwealth Games.”
Donnie said the challenge would support the Scottish Association for Mental Health, and their “Get Active” campaign.
Andrew Murray (33) is a GP based in Edinburgh, whose previous conquests include completing a remarkable 2,559 mile run from Scotland to the Sahara Desert, a seven-hour run up Mount Kilimanjaro and race wins in some of the most spectacular and hostile locations on Earth. He also works with some of Scotland’s best athletes as part of the sports medicine team at the sportscotland institute of sport.
He said: “There is nowhere I would rather be than in the mountains of Scotland on a summer’s day. This will be a tough but beautiful shift, but what we are hoping to do is raise awareness of the benefits of exercise, and being in the great outdoors.
“We know, for example, that even doing 30 minutes’ walking, five days a week, has been shown to make people happier on average, and live 7.2 years longer, so we’re urging people to build walking into their routine.”
This weekend’s challenge, billed “The Big 10”, will be followed by a team from BBC Scotland’s “The Adventure Show”.
The route will see Donnie and Andrew scale Ben Lawers (1,214 metres); Aonach Mor (1,221); Aonach Beag (1,234); Carn Mor Dearg (1,220); Ben Nevis (1,344); Cairngorm (1,245); Ben Macdui (1,309); Braeriach (1,296); Sgor an Lochain Uaine (Angels Peak), 1,258) and Cairn Toul (1,291).