SHE DID IT! Jamie Aarons Breaks World Record!

Jamie Aarons set out 31 days and a few hours ago on her Munro Challenge - 282 “Munros” (Scottish peaks over 3000 feet), self-propelled in one continuous round to raise money for World Bicycle Relief. She has beaten the World Record and trebled her fund-raising target.

It took 31 days, 10 hours and 27 minutes beating the previous World Record set by Donnie Campbell in 2020 of 31 days and 23 hours.

She covered a momentous 2576.52km including 135,366m of ascent, 1315km on foot, 830km by road bike, 370km by mountain bike, 49km on her gravel bike and 11.6km by kayak.

She climbed the equivalent of Mount Everest 16 times.

On reaching the final summit she tearfully thanked her support team and dedicated the challenge to her late friend and ultra runner, John Kynaston, who encouraged her to take on the record.

Jamie Aarons breaks world record on Ben Klibreck

Her biggest ‘day’ was Wednesday 7th June (Day 13) where she did 14 munros within the calendar day (Technically Mount Keen was 00.18 Thursday) she went through six sticks of Trench Footcream and slept an average of four hours a day (on the days she actually slept).

Jamie decided to take on the self-propelled round two years ago, when she read that Donnie slept eight hours every night on his epic round, and saw a tiny window in which she might be able to match his record. Two years were spent planning, recceing, creating spreadsheets and organising logistics. It’s been not only a superhuman feat of physical endurance but a VAST organisational challenge!

An Army of Volunteers

She had a team of 117 volunteers who were responsible for bringing food, clothes, bikes, overnight camping equipment and shoes to her en route, keeping her company, covering her in sunscreen and keeping her morale high.

Andy, her partner and Chief Operations Officer was manning the van – donated by ACL Hire – which was used as bed, kitchen and office for the past 32 days. And towing her various bikes to where she needed it out on the course.

Jenny Allen, Jamie’s ‘girl Friday’ was a constant presence in organising everyone from land owners to volunteers; accompanied Jamie on several legs and made sure people, kit and equipment were where they needed to be when they needed to be AND updating the mega spreadsheet that kept Jamie on track, and all volunteers updated.

Jamie would like to thank every single sponsor and volunteer who helped to make this challenge happen.

Jamie was helped by her sponsors ACL Hire who kindly donated a long wheelbase van to use as a base of operations throughout the challenge. This was fitted out by Derek from Tabula Rasa Design (and it’s a floating fit so everything can come out and it can be a regular van again) in record time.

She received one pair of shoes from Saucony which she wore almost constantly and a pair of La Sportiva Mutants from the Running Bear Shop. Her Ten pairs of Moggans UK socks have kept her feet in tip top condition to keep her going (once she wore them she wouldn’t wear anything else) and she had free expert guidance through the Cuillins by Mike Lates and Ben Hester from Skye Guides.

Image: Jamie and Andy at the finish

Trebled her initial target!

Jamie’s Munro Challenge has currently raised over £19,000 for World Bicycle Relief, a charity committed to helping individuals overcome the barrier of distance to education, healthcare and livelihood. Every hundred-and-twenty pounds raised for the charity buys a brand new Buffalo bicycle to mobilise a student, teacher or healthcare worker in a rural part of the world. Having smashed her initial target of £6000 she now hopes to raise over £30,000.

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