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Runner Ross Jenkin celebrates 40th birthday with a Big 4 Grand Round

Written by Fiona

June 08 2021

Runner Ross Jenkin sets out this Sunday to become the first person to complete a continuous traverse of all four of the national 24-hour mountain challenges, only resting on the travel legs in between. This is his way of celebrating his 40th birthday.

Starting with the Ramsay Round in Scotland, he will then take on the Dennis Rankin Round in Northern Ireland, the Paddy Buckley Round in North Wales and the Bob Graham Round in the Lake District.

The challenge amounts to a total of 152 summits, 387km and 31,800m of ascent.

Ross attempted the challenge last August but was thwarted by injury and Storm Francis. The Dynafit-sponsored athlete is raising funds for CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably).

He says: “Turning 40, a mid-life crisis of sorts, this is a challenge I can’t get out of my head. Plus, I want to raise money for a cause which means a lot to me.

“I suffer from depression so encouraging others to do something which helps their own mental health and promotes talking about your problems.”

So far he has raised almost £7000 and is aiming for £15,000.

He adds: “The power of the mind is immense.  I can safely say that I am stronger now than I was before all this. Don’t man-up, speak-up!”

More details plus tracking info to come.

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