This blog describes Manny Gorman's successful round of all 219 Corbetts in 70 days, in one continuous journey by running, cycling and sailing.

Manny's 70 Day Schedule

The Corbetts are Scottish hills between 2,500 and 3,000ft, with at least 500ft ascent on all sides.

"You're an idiot, but a truly inspirational one!" (Stuart Simpson)

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Day 8 - Saturday May 2nd

Tut tut Damon, I thought in the Eco-friendly society of today, you couldn’t leave wee messages on hills, but had to bag it and bin it! As for contents…
Well a week after An Cliseam, things haven’t quite gone to plan, but hey ho, we knew the Western Isles and sailing would always be subject to the vagaries of Mother Nature. As of Friday night, the boat had missed the cut off time for entering the Crinan Canal so crew et al, made the best of the situation and went to the local boozer. As of time of writing (late Sat a/noon), still no word that Manny is either on a mega fast sail and gonna attempt the Arran Corbetts this evening, or much more likely, just get to Arran by tonight and hit the four hills tomorrow. By my rough reckoning, even with the 1 day leeway, Manny will be two days down on his planned schedule starting this Monday. Also, if the southern Cbt’s go to plan, then his big ‘Ton’ cycle will be on Thursday and he would love any sort of company for that at any stage of the route – if anyone is free then get on yir bikes!
Anyway, seven Corbetts are safely in the bag and the Gormanator, despite his usual woes, is warming up nicely for the big stuff to come :-)


Stuart said...

When on Mull, did Manny cycle from Tobermory to Scallastle Bay as planned or did he stay on the yacht?

bob @ sandstone said...

It must have been difficult getting John Allen into a pub.

First Mate Finlandia (Anne) said...

Just heading off to re-join Finlandia as she reaches Troon at last and to help crew her back to her home port.
Congratulations to Manny for achievements so far and thanks to the various crews for their support to Skipper John during what has been a fairly storm-tossed voyage.

Bob - It is rarely difficult to get John into a pub, but when it comes to getting him out!!!

Anne Allen

Brenda said...

He got a road bike that John Coyle had arranged and then after Hue Hill on the to tiny Croggan at Loch Spelve.

Anonymous said...

Excerpt from Crew Log: Sat 2nd May: Crinan.
08.00am: Row M ashore then "Finlandia" motored into canal system. Unload MTB for M to cycle canal path & assist with lock gates. M meets pals from Inverness & forgets lock gate duties.

4.0pm: Ardrishaig Basin: No further progress today, tide & wind direction wrong. Tie "Finlandia" alongside legendary Puffer "VIC32". Fi & I meet Skipper Nick & get guided tour.
2 days now & no hills. All go for early beer.