Long-distance runner Steve Pyke’s attempt at the munro record failed early this morning, as bad weather put paid to his chances of completing the ascent of 31 munros in 24 hours.
The Staffordshire Moorlands AC member pulled out after completing 21 of the peaks, suffering from the effects of cold and a soaking in the unseasonably bad weather. Despite having to abort the record attempt, the runner – known as Spyke – was said to be in good spirits.
The failure of the munro-bagging bid means the 20-year-old record of Jon Broxap stands. He ascended 28 munros in the same area as Spyke’s attempt, Glen Affric and Kintail.
Spyke had the misfortune to choose a weekend which, despite having the shortest night in the year, also saw a huge Atlantic depression sit slap over southern Scotland, bringing gales and rain to the area to the North of it.
By the end of the third of four stages in the run, Steve and his support team had fallen behind schedule and decided to end the attempt.
The runner is believed to be on his way home for, presumably, a well earned rest.