Friday Detours: 31st July 2020

The best outdoor news and inspiration from across the web. This week: two new ultrarunning records, both set by Brits; BAME adventurers exploring their native Scotland; mountain madness with Kilian Jornet and the evolution of the all-terrain wheelchair

31st July 2020 | Words by Matt Jones @ WildBounds HQ

#1 Boots, beards and bagging Munros
The Boots and Beards hiking group is helping walkers from Glasgow’s Asian community find freedom in the Scottish Highlands. Guardian journo Nazia Parveen steps out with the group.

#2 Way to go 
British ultra-runner Damian Hall has set a new Fastest Known Time (FKT) for the Pennine Way, completing the 268-mile (431km) route in just 61 hours and 34 minutes. His time beat the previous record, which had stood for 31 years, by over three hours. The walk, from Edale in the Peak District to Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders, takes most backpackers around two weeks.

#3 Going to great lengths
Not to be outdone, Carla Molinaro has set a new female record for running the length of Britain from Land's End to John O’Groats. She completed the 874-mile distance in an incredible 12 days, 30 minutes and 14 seconds, beating the previous record set by Sharon Gayter in 2019. On average, Carla covered about 73 miles a day. 

#4 The mindset of the mountain runner
And if those stories have got you wondering what on earth drives elite endurance athletes, this fascinating Huckberry interview with legendary mountain runner Kilian Jornet offers a fascinating insight into the psyche of record-breaking racers.

#5 Ridin’ dirty
The AdvenChair 2.0 is the world’s most capable all-terrain wheelchair. This rugged roller is enabling people with mobility issues to join able-bodied adventurers and navigate steep, rocky trails.

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