Kendal teacher aims to bag Munroes record

Dan Duxbury

Dan Duxbury

First published in News The Westmorland Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A KENDAL teacher is hoping to run his way into the record books by taking on the ‘roof of Scotland’ – 282 Munroes in 38 days.

That is the ambition of Dan Duxbury, who aims to conquer every Scottish mountain over 3,000ft, including 4,494ft Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain.

Along the way, the Ghyllside Primary School teacher will be raising funds for Cumbria Wildlife Trust and the John Muir Trust.

He started the challenge on Monday with the most southerly peak , Ben More, on the Isle of Mull. He has taken his inspiration from former Sedbergh School teacher Hugh Symonds, who ran all the 3,000ft mountains in Great Britain during 1986.

He chronicled his experiences in his book Running High. Dan read it 20 years ago and it inspired him to take up fell running.

He said: “I hope to complete the round in 50 days, although I will set off with an ambitious 38-day schedule which I intend to follow as much as possible. “The current record is an amazing 39 days nine hours. I will be covering the distance on foot, by bike and kayak and will be supported by an assortment of friends and family in a campervan.”

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Dan intends a continuous journey, taking a break at the end of each day to camp wild or sleep in a campervan, before starting again.

Friends from the fell running community and members of Ambleside Athletic Club will run alongside him during certain stages.

Supported and joined by his wife and young family, they plan to track him in their campervan for the first few weeks.

Wife Helen said: “This is something he has always dreamed of doing and as a teacher he has always been keen to encourage young people into the outdoors.”

He also hopes it will inspire his own children into realising that their ambitions are achievable with hard work and determination.

It was because of his love for wild places that he chose to donate to both Cumbria Wildlife Trust and the John Muir Trust, a charity dedicated to the preservation of wild land.

The man who holds the record for the fastest Munro round, Stephen Pyke, will also accompany Dan on his journey.

Dan expects to have completed the challenge by early June. If you would like to sponsor Dan, you can visit http://www.justgiving.com/danduxbury or visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/danmunro2014 To follow his progress, in Scotland check out www.danmunro2014.blogspot.co.uk

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