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PremierLeague-News.Com - Graham Connolly completed the Cape Wrath Trail with teammate Paul Giblin - beating their four day target by just 10 minutes.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Running 240 miles on just three hours sleep in four days may sound like some people’s idea of hell. But for Dumbarton ultra-runner Graham Connolly, the feat marked the culmination of 14 months waiting to get back out to do what he loves. The 41-year-old, alongside friend and trail running teammate Paul Giblin, completed the Cape Wrath Trail on Saturday, May 1, beating their four-day target by just ten minutes. Graham said: “With lockdown lifting, it felt like the right time. “We had some issues as you would if you are going to take yourself to stretch yourself to the extremes of your physical capabilities. “Paul went into it with a bad ankle and on the second day I ended up, the top of my calf locked up and I also got an infection in my foot. They look horrendous. We had to push through all of that and sleep deprivation as well.” The idea was set in their minds pre-pandemic having completed the Scottish National Trail as a relay in early 2020. This route covers the length of the country right down to the English border and incorporates the Cape Wrath Trail which is considered one of the most challenging long-distance walks in the UK – never mind runs. With no official route for the Cape Wrath Trail, runners find the best line they can between the two points. Graham and Paul covered around 240 miles and did about 41,500 feet of ascent, the equivalent of Mount Everest with four Munroes balanced on top. They began the run from the Cape Wrath lighthouse at 6am on Tuesday, April 27 and finished at 5.50am on Saturday, May 1. The original aim was to try and beat the only record set which was four days, nine hours and 43 minutes, recorded in 2018. But having looked into that achievement, the duo felt it wasn’t comparable and set out their own schedule and target. Read More Related Articles Grassroots roundup: Vale of Leven and Dumbarton United sides return to action with wins Graham went on: “We quickly realised the fastest incumbent time wasn’t going to be comparable as they had done it in winter and they had gone in the opposite direction. “Instead of going for the fastest known time, we decided to try and get it under four days and make it a little bit more challenging. “A lot of this was about getting back out with our friends and doing what we love.
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. We had about three hours sleep over the four days, broke up into four micro naps. “We sat down on a cliff and started reading about what we had ahead. We ended up falling asleep for a couple of minutes on the edge of a cliff. “We set ourselves a schedule and managed to stick to it for the most part but with about 80 miles to go, we ended up coming a bit short. “We were maybe three hours behind and with a bit of guts and glory, we managed to pull through.” Paul is the founder of racing team Pyllon Ultra and is the head coach. Graham has been running for the team for around seven years. While pleased to have achieved their target, the most important element was being on the trail again, pushing themselves and boosting their own mental health by doing what they love.
Graham completed the challenge 10 minutes ahead of his target time.
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Graham said: “Although it was great to break the four days for both of us, it was about more than just going and setting a record. “Because we haven’t been racing people, we haven’t had these peaks and troughs. The dedicated guys have spent the last 14 months doing nothing but training. Everybody is in physically good shape at the moment. “We were getting back to what we do and spending time with the people we would choose to spend time with. Even if we were ten minutes over the four days, we would still have been satisfied.” Now Graham, along with wife Claire, son Finlay, ten, and Rose, seven, are awaiting the arrival of their new baby this weekend. Graham, who plans to run the gruelling Montane Spine race in January, is focusing on family for the interim, before turning his attention back to training later in the year.
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