Record-breaking 24-hour run to 29 3000ft peaks
Top female ultra runner achieves impressive feat in gruelling mountains challenge
An ultra runner has set an impressive record reaching 29 peaks over 3000ft in 24 hours.
Jasmin Paris, already renowned for her outright record time in the tough 268-mile winter Spine Race, pulled off the new female mountains record amid soaring summer temperatures.
Her aim was to run to as many Scottish mountains known as Munros within 24 hours.
Rules dictate you must start and finish at the same place. Jasmin, who has two young children, began her feat at Invercauld Bridge in the Cairngorms.
She ran to 29 mountains and covered a distance of 90 miles. Her record took in a total of 26,600ft of ascent.
Edinburgh-based Jasmin, who also holds the women’s record for a 23-peak Ramsay Round in Scotland (16hrs 13mins set in 2016), was paced and supported by her family and close friends.
The 37-year-old vet said: “There wasn't really a previous women’s record. I guess it was mine by default, for the Ramsay Round.
“I had a schedule which allowed me to do anything from 29 to 31 Munros, although I had options to cut back after either 25 or 27 also.
“I feel like it’s been harder to get fit again after my second child than it was first time around. I probably have a little way to go still to reach my previous best, but in the circumstances, and the heat, I was really pleased to manage the 29.
“I had to dig in on the final section, and spent a lot of time thinking about the kids to keep myself positive.”
Reaching the finish with the 24 hours proved to be a close run event. Jasmin, an Inov-8 ambassador and who wore Inov-8 ROCLITE G 275 shoes, said: “We got a little lost in the forest tracks at the end and had to sprint the final few kilometres to make it back inside the 24 hours.”
The men’s record is held by Kim Collison, who summited 33 Munros in 24 hours earlier this month.
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Fiona Russell is a widely published adventure journalist and blogger, who is better known as Fiona Outdoors. She is based in Scotland and is an all-round outdoors enthusiast with favourite activities including trail running, mountain walking, mountain biking, road cycling, triathlon and skiing, both downhill and back country. Her target for 2021 is to finish the final nine summits in her first round of all 282 Munros, the Scottish mountains of more than 3,000ft high. Aside from being outdoors, Fiona's biggest aim is to inspire others to enjoy the great outdoors, especially through her writing. She is also rarely seen without a running skort! Find out more at Fiona Outdoors (opens in new tab).