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
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.