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Beinn Dearg from Glen Tilt - an old runner's tale!

Route: Beinn Dearg from near Blair Atholl

Munros: Beinn Dearg (Blair Atholl)

Date walked: 24/07/2020

Time taken: 3.75 hours

Distance: 29.5km

Ascent: 990m

A beautiful July summer's morning to bag one of the more remote Munro's and keep my tally ticking along.
Though I actually claimed my first Munro over 30-years ago it's only in recent times that I decided to work slowly towards bagging all 282 summits.

So, I'll come clean, I am an over-60 runner, and have run many, many mountains, particularly in the Lake District, Wales and the Peak District over the years. The challenge I have recently set myself is to run all of the Munro's over the next 3-4 years, combining shorter classic walk routes, wherever possible, to make best use of my slightly faster traveling pace - I typically set myself the goal of achieving a given Walking Highland route in under half the guideline walking time! This does depend on terrain and weather and I'm not getting any younger!! I also don't rush along as I love to take in the solitude, the environment, take photographs and I am an avid nature lover so I'm always on the lookout for deer, hare, ptarmigan, eagle, colour changes with the seasons etc.

Make no mistake about it Beinn Dearg is a long haul from Glen Tilt car park - over 9-miles to the summit - mostly really good going underfoot though. I reached the summit in around 2hr 10min and, after a suitable elevenses stop and a few photos headed back down to complete the clockwise loop. A nice steady jog back to the car in just over 1hr 30min to complete a wonderfully tiring morning out!

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Nigel Hetherington


Location: Perthshire
Occupation: Sports Education Consultant National Trainer, UK Anti-Doping
Interests: Running, coaching, mountains, competing, escaping, solitude
Mountain: Everest
Place: Home then any summit
Gear: Fell running shoes
Member: BMC, FRA, Fife AC
Ideal day out: A bespoke run taking in 3 or 4 summits. Leg-busting climbs, runnable ridges, technical descents
Ambition: To summit Everest

Munros: 49
Corbetts: 5
Donalds: 1
Wainwrights: 96
Hewitts: 111
Sub 2000: 4
Islands: 9



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2020

Trips: 1
Distance: 29.5 km
Ascent: 990m
Munros: 1


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Last visited: Sep 20, 2020
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