Go Further!

We’ve been having one of our busiest seasons ever for every possible reason…
 Colin reached the end of his epic Scottish Watershed run on Sunday 24th June at 2.30pm at Duncansby Head – 30 days after he set off from the border with England on Peel Fell. Colin had been training for this effort for more than two years and clocked up over 3,000 miles of running in preparation since January 2011 before he started the rund in May.

Overall, his route covered 650 miles with a total ascent of at least 33,000 metres covering every inch on foot. The Scottish Watershed is the line of high and mountainous ground that defines whether rainfall runs into the Atlantic or the North Sea. It weaves its way through the full length of Scotland and includes some of the country’s most remote and trackless areas.

Colin Meek finished Watershed Run

During the run Colin climbed dozens of peaks including well over 30 Munros. The route took him over the Southern Uplands for four days, then weaved its way through the central belt and the Campsies before reaching Ben Lomond and the Trossachs. From there it took a line over the length of the West Highlands before sweeping east to Caithness.
Colin ran 3 ultramarathon races during his training period including the 53 mile Highland Fling in April and during his run nine of the days included mileage greater than the length of a standard marathon.

Some days were particularly demanding. On day 20 in the Fannich mountains in Wester Ross Colin covered 28.5 miles with 2259 metres of height gain. Another hard day was Stronachlacher to Crianlarich over four Munros: 18.3 miles and 2645 metres.

The longest day was the second last (!) – Kinbrace to Watten in Caithness at 34.6 miles and 444m ascent. Two other legs came in at over 30 miles – Coulter to Forth in the Lowlands (Day 4) and Day 21 in Kintail.
Colin was inspired to run the whole length of the Watershed because much of its length is local to gofurther and he knew much of the Watershed in the North West Highlands made for fantastic running.
Lyon Outdoor  supported Colin with some essential kit and he also received goods from Fentimans Ginger Beer and Ullapool Bakery for his adventure.

We’ll post more pictures from Colin’s month-long adventure in the next few days.
More information about the run can be found on Colin’s blog about his run and ultrarunning in general here: http://www.watershedrunning.tumblr.com

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