The Great Cairngorm Chase: Supporting a Munro record attempt

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.

Published by Ross Brannigan

“It is worth ascending unexiting heights if for nothing else than to see the big ones from nearer their own level.” - Nan Shepherd

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