Nicky Spinks to attempt Double Ramsey Round this weekend

Yorkshirewoman aims to cover 58 miles and 24 summits, including Ben Nevis, in 48 hours

 Nicky Spinks: looking to add to her £15,000 raised for cancer charity Odyssey

Nicky Spinks: looking to add to her £15,000 raised for cancer charity Odyssey

Nicky Spinks will set off at midnight tonight in trying to become the first runner to complete a 116-mile Double Ramsey Round in the Scottish highlands.

The 51-year-old will take on two anti-clockwise loops of 58 miles and 24 summits, including that of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain. The total ascent will be 28,500ft - almost the same height as Everest.

Of the 113 sub-24-hour completions of a Ramsey Round, Spinks has two to her name - set in 2008 and 2014, but no one has yet run in within 48 hours.

The prolific runner from Yorkshire, who is a cancer survivor, will be trying to boost funds for the charity Odyssey, for which she has already raised £15,000 - part of the reason she has been awarded with a British Empire Medal.

The woman who set a record for the Double Bob Graham Round in 2016 wrote on her blog: "After the success of the Double Bob Graham Round I needed a break for a few months but soon started to wonder about the next challenge. As I was 50 years old in 2017 I knew I wanted to attempt a Joss Naylor Challenge as near to my birthday in April as I could, so I did that. I also began to toy with the idea of a Double Ramsay Round because I love the mountains of Scotland so much and have been on the route both clockwise and anti-clockwise."

She will run in the Inov-8 G 260 Mudclaws from the first range of shoes to feature Graphene in the shoes - launched just last week

You can follow her attempt live from midnight on this live tracker.

More at https://inov-8.com/blog/nicky-spinks-double-ramsay-round/