Jimmy’s on cloud nine

OAP scales UK’s high­est peaks

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

A Burn­side pen­sioner has raised cash for a great cause – by climb­ing Bri­tain’s high­est moun­tains in hor­ren­dous weather.

Jimmy Munro, 78, was part of a five-strong group who set out to climb Ben Ne­vis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snow­don in a 24-hour pe­riod, with the aim of earn­ing cash for Marie Curie Can­cer Care.

Marie Curie nurses helped care for Jimmy’s dy­ing brother-in-law, Tam Mc­Glone, who passed away last year.

And the group’s moun­tain marathon pulled in a to­tal of £2,074 for the cause.

How­ever, the day it­self saw them deal with dread­ful wind and rain.

Jimmy said: “They were the worst weather con­di­tions I’ve had to deal with. Ben Ne­vis was a bit of a slog to start, Scafell Pike was dre­ich and we were soaked through by the end of it.

“Then the weather on Mount Snow­don was hor­ren­dous – the wind speed was forecast as be­ing 60 to 70 mph and it cer­tainly felt like it.

“As we went up we thought we’d be OK but we did get a lit­tle bit ner­vous when we passed quite a few peo­ple turn­ing back .

“And there was at least one per­son we saw be­ing stretchered off. There were a lot of moun­tain res­cue work­ers about in case things went wrong.”

How­ever, Jimmy ad­mit­ted to a huge sense of of sat­is­fac­tion when they reached the sum­mit .

The pen­sioner said: “When we got there, we stood at the top of the cairn and Andy (Jimmy’s son) said ‘What an achieve­ment’.

“We made it with 25 min­utes to spare to get them done in the 24 hours, it was a bit of a race against time but we man­aged it. We’d aimed to raise £650 so we’re pretty chuffed with raising over £2000.”

Along with Jimmy and Andy on the trip were Tam’s son-in-law Alan Wilkinson and their friends Neil Les­lie and Fraser Ainslie.

Alan was full of praise for Jimmy’s hard work. He said: “It’s amaz­ing he’s still do­ing things like this at 78.

“He was lead­ing the way on both Pike and Snow­den and I couldn’t keep up.

“We were pretty wor­ried about com­ing back down from Snow­den be­cause the wa­ter was ab­so­lutely sweep­ing across as we climbed up.

“What saved us was that there is a rail line up at Snow­den and we fol­lowed that back down.

“My wife’s dad got amaz­ing care at the hospice so it has been great to help them out in some way.”

Any­one who wants to make a dona­tion to Jimmy’s cause can still do so.

Visit www.just­giv­ing.com/ jim­my­munro for more in­for­ma­tion.

We made it with 25 min­utes to go in the 24 hours

Bat­tling the weather Jimmy Munro and the team at the top of Ben Ne­vis

Ready to go Jimmy and his group be­fore the chal­lenge

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