Runner manages to break record by bagging 33 Munros in just one day


A RUNNING coach has managed to bag 33 Munros in just one day in Scotland.

After setting off early on Saturday morning Kim Collison ran over 99 miles and climbed over 29,000 feet to snatch the record for most Munros climbed in 24 hours. 

The 41-year-old finished after a grueling 23 hours and 48 minutes clambering over 33 Munros in the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. 

Kim, from Mungrisdale, Cumbria, added the 4,251ft Braeriach into the monster run to pip Alexander Cheplin’s previous record of 32 from last year. 

The expedition, which required two months of planning, was built up of five different legs and comprised more than 12 navigators and friends to keep Kim going. 

One video clip shows Kim springing off at high speeds from their starting point at Invercauld Bridge near Braemar, Aberdeenshire.

Another video shows the entourage of runners jogging off the side of a mountain down into a valley where they are surrounded by the extreme slopes of the Cairngorms. 

A final clip shows Kim returning to the bridge at the end of his run having completed the record. 

He shuffles over the brown gravel where he meets his supporting friends and family are waiting. 

Kim on his 24 hour Munro round
Kim beat the previous record by adding the Braeriach to his 24 hour tally.                                                (C) Kim Collison

Kim then stops his watch before raising his arms high into the air and embraces the moment where he soaks in his incredible accomplishment. 

The Cranford Guest House Braemar later praised Kim’s achievement on Facebook on Sunday writing: “Congratulations to Kim Collison on breaking the Munro 24 hour record.
“33 Munro’s in 23hrs 48 mins.
“Starting and finishing at Brig o’ Dee.
“Incredible performance.”
The post has now collected over 800 likes with hundreds of comments and dozens of shares from Facebook users who were impressed by the enormous run. 

Laurie Falconer wrote: “Wow. Amazing. Well done you.”

Sean Lawson said: “Amazing, that is incredible.”

Paul Allan commented: “Amazing but how is that even humanly possible?”

Mark Little replied: “ Fantastic achievement! Well done.”

Speaking today Kim said: “I started out with fresh legs and enthusiasm and we set off at quite a pace. 

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Kim’s route that added up to over 99 miles and 29,000 ft.                                                              (C) Kim Collison Strava

“By the last stage It was dark, misty and raining. 

“I was knackered and drowsy and felt like I wanted to vomit. 

“I felt like I couldn’t keep it up. 

“I had to try and find everything I had to keep going because I was on the verge of crashing. 

“I wasn’t really sure which way it would go, especially with the weather. 

“One navigation mistake and we would have lost too much time. 

“I was thinking it would be so much easier just to stop, but somehow I carried on. 

“When I finished I had the happiest smile on my face. 

“That feeling when you push yourself to the limit to accomplish something you didn’t know made me feel so proud. 

“It doesn’t matter where you are in life, I think that is one of the best drugs in the world.”