The Cuillin mountains on Skye. Photo: Martyn Ayre CC-BY-SA-2.0

The Cuillin ridge on Skye. Photo: Martyn Ayre CC-BY-SA-2.0

A Scottish hillrunner has broken the record for one of the biggest mountain challenges in Britain.

Lochaber Athletic Club member Finlay Wild completed the Cuillin Traverse on Skye to beat the six-year record held by Es Tresidder.

The running doctor completed the gruelling route which includes 11 munros and several sections of climbing at Very Difficult grade in a time of 3hrs 14mins 58secs, chipping almost 2½ minutes off the previous record.

The 28-year-old, a GP in Inverness, is a master of the Ben Nevis Race, wining the event on Britain’s highest mountain for the past three years.

The traverse of the gabbro peaks of the Cuillin, from Gars-bheinn to Sgùrr nan Gillean, typically takes a competent scrambler between 15 and 20 hours.

The achievement was announced on the Scottish Hill Racing Facebook page.

Read Fin Wild’s account of the traverse and one he completed even more quickly the previous week on his blog.

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