Huddersfield runner first to do ‘Double Ramsay’ in Lochaber

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A renowned British athlete has run herself into the history books after completing a unique challenge in Lochaber’s mountains.

West Yorkshire farmer and breast cancer survivor Nicky Spinks’ Double Ramsay Round involved completing a circuit of 24 summits in Lochaber, including Ben Nevis, twice.

The first person to complete a single round was Lochaber Athletic Club member Charlie Ramsay, from Edinburgh, in 1978 – hence the name ‘Ramsay Round’.

Ms Spinks’ Double Ramsay saw her cover 116 miles (187 km) in soaring temperatures.

The 51-year-old completed her attempt early on Monday morning in a time of 55 hours and 56 minutes.

As a single Ramsay Round is normally attempted in a day, Ms Spinks, 51, who runs a farm near Huddersfield, wanted to complete the double in 48 hours.

Ms Spinks began running competitively in 2001 in a four-mile fell race.

In 2011, she set a new women’s record of 64 for the number of Lakeland peaks climbed in 24 hours.

Two years ago, she completed a 132-mile (212 km) fell run across the Lake District’s highest peaks in less than 48 hours.

For the Double Ramsay attempt, Lochaber Athletic Club members Sarah MacDonald, Helen Rennard, Pawel Cymbalista and Jon Gay helped with logistics and pacing.

A spokesperson for Lochaber AC told us: ‘Not many people have completed a Ramsay Round; yet alone considered doing 116 miles plus twice the ascent of Everest on this rough, remote terrain. Especially in the recent heat.

‘No wonder Nicky has recently been awarded a British Empire Medal to recognise her achievements and contributions within the sport. Many congratulations from Lochaber AC.’


CAPTION: Nicky Spinks on a recce of the ground ahead of her record-breaking achievment in Lochaber’s mountains.
NO F27 Nicky Spinks