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West Highland Way In Two Days

West Highland Way In Two Days


Postby stevengr68 » Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:45 pm

Route description: West Highland Way

Date walked: 08/06/2018

Time taken: 2 days

Distance: 150 km

Ascent: 4000m

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We managed to do the WHW in two days with 15 mins to spare, for a Children’s Cancer Charity. This was one of my toughest challenges so far.

We started at 4.10am on Friday from Milngavie walking through Drymen and Balmaha where we stopped at a lovely Cafe selling Apple and Cinnamon Scones with Jam and Cream (food of Kings).

We moved on through Rowerdennan to Inverarnan, the walk up Loch Lomond was spectacular but technical, lots of climbing over rock and tree's for around 10km, tiring when you have 75km to cover. We stopped at the Drovers Inn for a meal where we met some fantastic people all with stories of their walks, where they had started, their next stop, blisters, weather, scenery.....great folks. However, we did get a few raised eyebrows when we said we started from Milngavie that day and hoped to reach Fort William the day after.
We walked through to 11pm when we finally arrived 5km short of Tyndrum, 19 hrs of walking with two stops for food.

We slept in a layby that night and managed to get a couple of hours sleep whilst cars and trucks drove past at 70 mph, no respect!!
We all fell slightly ill with shivers and sweats most of the night but felt better in the morning.

We kicked off again at 6am on Saturday morning and we were determined to complete the full 156km without stopping, even if we didn’t do it within the two day target.
We passed through Tyndrum, Inveroran and on to Glencoe Ski Centre where we met a bunch of runners doing a hill race. I was walking up the drovers path towards Glencoe Ski Centre when I saw a runner coming up the hill behind me so I stepped aside to allow him to pass, just as he was passing I said, ‘Gawn yer sell pall, great effort’ to which he replied ‘Jeeso Stevie, how’s it going’…..it was Trevor Galloway from my work out for a run from Tyndrum to Glencoe, what a machine….and btw, there is no way I would run with him, what a pace, he looked like he was running for the bus!!!

We departed the ski centre with some food in our stomach and moved onto Kingshouse and up to Kinlochleven where we arrived at 9pm, we had seven hours to go to Fort William to meet the two day target and 24km to cover so we didn’t hang around, to be honest I think we all thought we wouldn’t make it but no one said anything, my feet looked like a butchers shop window, Martin was struggling with his leg and Stewart was beginning to fall over a bit from exhaustion.
We filled ourselves up with Pain Killers, anti-inflammatory, energy jells…., anything we could get down in 5 mins and we were off.
This was the hardest part of the walk, we were getting on for 22 hours of constant walking and when we were close to the 2am/3am slot the body clocks started to shut down too.
We finally arrived in Fort William at 3.45am and Stewart and I asked our friend Ross where the finishing point was, he pointed to a bench about 100 meters away to which both Stewart and I said ‘your f’ing joking’, longest 100 meters I have ever walked.

The most important person on the challenge was Ross Hamilton our support driver, what a star, always ready with the motivation, compeed, plasters, food and drinks, we would not have done it without him.
Anyway, its done……….my friend is running it in two weeks, taking part in the WHW annuall race, trying to do it in under 36 hours, absolutely unbelievable…..btw, the record is 17hrs…..anyone interested??
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Re: West Highland Way In Two Days

Postby Sgurr » Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:06 pm

stebgr68 wrote: We slept in a layby


More an ordeal than anything else. Well done, but it's an experience I would never have contemplated. After a huge cycle ride for charity, I came to the conclusion that the hardest bit is raising the money, and people would just have readily put their hands in their pockets if I had cycled over the Tay Bridge. Not that I want to detract from your achievement, which is fantastic.
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Re: West Highland Way In Two Days

Postby Scottk » Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:26 pm

Great achievement and the weather was good to you. Maybe a bit warm.
The record is about 13 1/2 hours for men and slightly longer for women.
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