The Cairngorm Munros (Rigby Round)                          Scotland

To many the Cairngorms represent an area of unique and unsurpassed wilderness. Nowhere in Great Britain can you stay so high for so long as their arctic-like plateaux roll on for miles before you. The spirit of this wild landscape appears to have cast its own magic spell by inspiring a tradition of true adventure running. In contrast to most other runs it is suggested that the route is completed solo and unsupported and, ideally, there should be no prior reconnoitre! The inaugural round was by Mark Rigby on 24-25 July 1988 in 22-44 ticking off 17 Munros in 75 miles with 19,000 feet of ascent during some horrendous weather. Since then Angel Peak has been elevated to Munro status and there as been  steady stream of notable completions. These included Bob Berzins (1999) Phil Clark (2004 with one support point), Rob Woodall (2008) and Yiannis Tridimas (2009) before Digby Harris (2011) and then Paul Raistrick (2012) set new records with 20-49 and 19-34 respectively.


The round, as you may expect, is an informal affair. It may be started at any point, completed in either direction and, as there are significant route options, the peaks can be visited in any order. In addition, as already mentioned, it has by tradition, become an on-sight, solo run, without support. There is no time limit although 24 hours will be the obvious target for most runners.  Future contenders may find Rob Woodall’s recent report and recommended route helpful – see below. If anyone ever feels completions are becoming too commonplace Rob suggests there is scope for extending the round by taking up Mark Rigby's rather wry proposal: "Purists might even add in all the 'tops'. No prior recce's allowed though!" !!


Note: It has not been possible to contact Mark Rigby to endorse the contents of this web page but hopefully it reflects the freedom and informality of his alternative approach.  

Route

Note: The route illustrated above is Mark Rigby's original 17 Munro round. Angel Peak (Sgurr an Lochain Uaine) was excluded but is shown as peak 18 as it now has Munro status.

Schedule

Mark Rigby's schedule - The link to the Scottish Hill Runners website below provides a schedule for Mark Rigby's 17 Munros. Note that some two hours were spent sheltering in bothies and a faulty watch meant some of the later times were estimated. It also excludes Angel Peak which was not a Munro at that time.


Rob Woodall's schedule - The report below includes a schedule for Rob Woodall's route of 18 Munros. 


Use the schedules in conjunction with OS Explorer Map 403, Cairn Gorm and Aviemore (1:25 000).

Finishers

This is an informal challenge without rules, time limits or registration. Why not share your experience on facebook to  encourage and inspire other runners to have a go!

 


Links and Further Information

COMPLETIONS

Where there is a recorder please contact them to log your completion. In addition, or if there isn't a recorder, you are invited to share your experience on the gofar facebook page to encourage and inspire other runners to have a go!

SAFETY WARNING

All the routes on this site require proven mountain running experience. You undertake them entirely at your own risk. Please take full mountain safety precautions at all times.  Always ensure you carry sufficient clothing, food and equipment to cope with dramatic changes in the weather conditions!  Appropriate insurance cover is recommended.

HAVE A GO!

The object of this website is to provide a single, ready source of information on the ultra-distance mountain challenges which have been developed over the past three or more decades. It now offers a diverse range of long and "short", old and recent, formal and informal routes from around the UK to encourage runners of all ages and abilities to have a go subject to proven mountain experience in all conditions.

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RECORDS and NEWS

Please send details and a schedule of any record-breaking runs and the like to Martin Stone who maintains records on behalf of the Fell Runners Association.  Email: martin.stone@sportident.co.uk

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HELP WANTED

If you can improve on the accuracy of this resource, offer details of other routes (old and new), spot any errors in grid references, names, heights, spelling or punctuation, or find a link which does not work please email: info@gofar.org.uk