A few weeks ago, top-of-his-game ultra-cum-fell runner Kim Collison slid into my Instagram DMs: “Afternoon Ross. I’m planning a crack at the 24 hour Munro’s record. 😬 It’s a beast of a route. Don’t happen to be free 3/4th July if weather is kind?”
For the past few years, Kim has slowly been gaining prominence in the fell running community as a guy who, when he puts his mind to it, can conquer pretty much anything – somehow with a unshakeable grin on his face, hence the name “Smiley Assassin”.
The winter Bob Graham record, the Paddy Buckley record, the Lakeland 24hr record – the man loves running in really big, lumpy circles these days, having developed a name for himself in the ultra trail running scene representing GB.
A week or so later, Ally Beavan (pint-puller, Broken-writer and dot-watcher extraordinaire) and myself were jogging around the Cairngorms, surveying the route Kim was to take on 3 July, discussing other potential add-ons and Kim’s chances of getting the record.
You can read the full account of this wild adventure at Fast Running.