Scottish GP conquers Britain's 10 biggest peaks in under a day

A Scottish GP has become one of the first people to climb Britain's 10 highest mountains in a single day.

Dr Murray (right) with training partner Donnie Campbell during the 10-peak challenge
Dr Murray (right) with training partner Donnie Campbell during the 10-peak challenge

Dr Andrew Murray and his running partner Donnie Campbell completed what they have dubbed ‘the Big 10’ in just 13 hours and 10 minutes on 19 July.

Beginning at 4:20am, the duo spent a total of 9 hours 10 minutes running and four hours driving between mountain ranges, all of which were in Scotland. They finished the challenge at 17:30 the same day.

Dr Murray, who is also a physical activity champion for the Scottish government, told GP he hoped the challenge would inspire people to exercise more in the run up to Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games this summer.

He said: ‘Part of what we were looking to do is draw attention to the benefits of getting regular exercise in the great outdoors. It really gets the happy hormones going, and helps prevent and treat over 40 major health problems. Even walking 30 minutes five days a week increases your life expectancy by over seven years.’

Magical Scottish scenery

He described the Scottish scenery as ‘magical’ and the weather as ‘highly variable’, which at times made the going tough. ‘We had fog, wind, rain, and even a glimpse of sunshine. We were both glad that the promised thunderstorms did not materialise,' he said.

'For me, definitely the toughest part of the day was dealing with the wind, rain and low visibility in the Cairngorms when we were already tired. There were a few boulder fields to cut across which were pretty slippy resulting in a few comedy falls.'

Mr Campbell, a running trainer and former Marine commando, said he hoped the pair’s feat would inspire others to take up the challenge.

He said: ‘With a decent level of fitness it could be great day and a do-able challenge. Some fresh air and a load of hills might give us sore legs the next day, but it’s much underestimated how good exercise is for mental health as well as physical health.’

The duo, thought to be the first to conquer the 'Big 10' within a day, began their challenge at Ben Lawers before driving to the Nevis range and later the Cairngorms. The mountains ranged from 1,214 to 1,344 metres in height.

The route took them from Ben Lawers to Aonach Mohr, Aonach Beag, Carn Mhor Dearg, Ben Nevis, Cairngorm, Ben MacDui, Braeriach, Angels Peak and finally CairnToul.

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