Midsummer Madness raises funds for Afghanistan

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A keen Lewis runner was carried away by Midsummer Madness last weekend in aid of a local charity.

Former team GB canoeist Stuart Simpson ran up and down to the highest point on every inhabited island in the Outer Hebrides on Saturday, June 21st.

Starting with Theiseabhal on Vatersay and ending with Mealaisbhal on Lewis, Stuart conquered all 13 islands in less than 24 hours.

Covering a total of 20 miles hill running and 10,500 feet of climbing in eight hours and 28 minutes, Stuart was raising funds for The Linda Norgrove Foundation. The challenge also involved 208 miles of driving between each hill and two ferry crossings.

Established in 2010 after Linda Norgrove, an aid worker from Uig working in Afghanistan, was kidnapped and died in a failed rescue attempt the Foundation has distributed over half a million pounds to help women and children affected by the war in Afghanistan.

It has funded almost 50 grass roots projects including orphanages which care for some of the country’s most disadvantaged disabled children, homes for widows, education for girls and emergency medical help for women who have been severely abused.

So far Stuart (44), who works for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in Stornoway, has raised over £750 for the Foundation.

He said: “I’d like to thank everyone who supported me with my challenge and donated to this very worthy cause.”

Stuart’s Midsummer Madness route:

Theiseabhal Mor, Vatersay, 190m

Sheabhal, Barra, 383m

Ferry, Sound of Barra

Beinn Sciathan, Eriskay, 185m

Beinn Mhor, South Uist, 620m

Ruabhal, Benbecula, 124m

Grimsay, 30m

Am Baile Sear, 10m

Eabhal, North Uist, 347m

Beinn Sheilbhe, Berneray, 93m

Ferry, Sound of Harris 1hr

Bein Sgorabhaig, Scalpay, 104m

The Magic Mountain, An Cliseam, Na Hearadh, 799m

Great Bernera, Hill with no apparent name, 87m

Mealaisbhal, Islivig, The District of Uig, Eilean Leodhas, 574m0545 Theiseabhal Mor, Vatersay, 190m

There is still time to sponsor Stuart by logging onto http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/StuartSimpson3.

Stuart is pictured at the summit of Beinn Mhor, South Uist.