Introduction (Original from 2000)
On May the 29th 2000, Charles Campbell from Glasgow, will be attempting a continuous traverse over all 284 of Scotland's 3000 foot mountains, The Munros.
His aim is to try and break the current quickest round of 51 days and 9 hours, and at the same time, he is also raising funds for Dreams Come True Charity for Children.
Charles's journey will be entirely self-propelled; running, cycling and swimming, along with all the climbing involved. He will have a motorhome with back-up crew for support and overnight stops, although tents and hostels will be used for more remote spots.
Many friends and club-mates will be giving him vital support on the hills and hopefully the team effort will see him through the gruelling schedule.
Charles will start his journey on the Island of Mull, and the proposed route will see him tackle the Lower and Central Highlands first, the Cairngorms, then sweep back across to Skye and upwards through the N.W. Highlands to finish on Ben Hope, the most northerly Munro.
A member of the Westerlands Cross Country Club, Charles was initially inspired when he watched the documentary of the setting of the current record.
He says, "When I saw the programme in '93 something just clicked that this was an adventure I had to do also". So for the past seven years, the thirty year old has been steadily working towards this goal and everything is now ready for the run.
However, what can prepare the body for a daily marathon and ten thousand feet of climbing for six weeks. "I've already walked all the Munros and completed many Ultra-Distance events, but nothing can quite prepare you for an undertaking of this size. I feel the most important element is going to be the psychological battle to keep going, even when the body doesn't want to".
To try and make the event more unique, Charles will be attempting to swim the sea crossings at Mull and Skye rather than use boats. "By trying to do something different, I'm hoping to generate more publicity and maximise funds for Dreams Come True Charity. This way more terminally ill and sick children can be helped and so hopefully have a bit more enjoyment despite their illness". Donations can be sent direct to "Munro Run", Dreams Come True Charity, York House, Knockhundred Row, Midhurst, West Sussex GU 29 9DQ, tel : 01730-815000
Charles currently works for Royal Mail as a part-time postman. He says, "This is the ideal job for doing an event of this nature.
You have to get up every morning and force yourself out in all weathers, so it's good mental training. It has the advantage also, that I'm finished early, so I can spend the rest of the day exercising and organising the hundred and one things that need sorted for this event to happen"