Nicky Spinks has become the first person to complete a double Ramsay Round in a time of 55:56:38. The Ramsay is a classic 24-hour challenge which begins in Glen Nevis and takes in 58 miles and 28,000ft of ascent over 24 peaks. It is far more technical than the Bob Graham Round and involves some far more remote sections, which make it logistically harder to support.
Starting at midnight on Saturday, Nicky has run through unusually sweltering conditions supported by her friends, as well as fell running legend Joss Naylor and Charlie Ramsey; the first person to run the round in 1978. Early on Sunday morning, Nicky was 30 minutes up on her schedule although gradually fell behind her aim of 48 hours due to the extreme heat.
Nicky ran the route in an anti-clockwise direction up to Stob Coire Easain (summit 16 of 48), before turning around and retracing her steps to the Glen Nevis Youth Hostel. From here, she went straight up Ben Nevis and over to Stob Coire Easain for the second time and turned around again for the homeward straight and a long descent from Ben Nevis. Charlie Ramsay has classed it as a 'Double Ramsey Round with a variation' on his website.
Two years ago, Nicky became the second person to complete a double Bob Graham, following in the footsteps of Roger Baumeister. This round marked the ten year anniversary of Nicky's recovery from cancer and was the subject of the UKC/UKH documentary; Run Forever.
Congratulations Nicky and we hope to see you on a double Paddy Buckley in the not too distant future.
Nicky was raising money for cancer charity Odyssey and has so far raised £15,000. You can donate here.