Summer rain can’t dampen Kimberley’s spirit in munro challenge

Kimberley Hearns has completed stage two of her determined fundraising bid in memory of her dad after climbing five munros in just three days last month.

Having already run the Race For Life 10K in Glasgow as the first leg of her challenge, Kimberley knew the going was only going to get tougher – although she didn’t appreciate quite how much.

Describing her climb from 16-18 June, which took place in difficult and wet weather conditions, she told us: “We did Ben Nevis on the first day – thankfully it was dry but it was freezing! I was climbing with my friend, who works for another charity.

“We changed the last two munros in the hope that it would be drier but it wasn’t! It was worse than on any practice run. We did one walk in preparation when it was snowing but this was worse.

“The visibility was really poor which added to the challenge. But we were both doing it for a reason so there was never really a point where we thought we wouldn’t do it.

“We climbed Ben Nevis in a really good time – about six hours  – considering how busy it was.”

Asked about the highlight of the trip, Kimberley saw the funny side, explaining: “The high point was getting to the bottom of the last hill!

“We did two munros on each of the last two days. I’ve got the bug now but I don’t know if I’d do it over three days again!”

The final stage of the challenge is a 3K open-water swim in Loch Lomond, which Kimberley expects to be even harder than the hill climbs.

But she admits her training has given her confidence ahead of the event on 3 August.

She said: “I’ve been training in the pool and adding to the distance every week – I’m up to 2K now.

“I always knew this would be the hardest part but, the same as with the hillwalking, you just get on with it.

“It’s not the distance that bothers me – it’s the difference of swimming in open water. You can’t really stop. I feel a bit better now that I’ve been training. My attitude is really just go for it.”

If you would like to donate to Kimberley’s appeal, which has now raised more than £1300 for the Hospice, please go to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kimberley-hearns