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 16, 2009

Start of Week 4 – Sat 16th May 2009

Apologies for posting a third entry on the trot and the WWW having to put up with ramblings, but it looks like Brenda has broken Manny’s dongle and he can’t make a connection... Either that or they are just too damn tired, trying to make this record a reality. Seriously though, the Gormanuel bagged another three Corbetts today, and was accompanied on the latter two by Westies own Oil Baron, aka Brian Brennan – Dallas meets Donkey perhaps? Anyway, maybe I’m getting a bit, but it looks like the boy has taken the ‘end’ Corbett off one planned day, and nicked two Corbetts off the start of another planned day, for his trio today? I think this therefore leaves the Tyndrum 5 (they got out on bail), for tomorrow, Sunday, then either an easy 2 the following day, to recover, or possibly with MMM (mad mental Manny) stick them on to the following Four, and try and grab another day back, with a huge 6C day. You just never know with the MG machine, but if anyone can, it’s this guy…


Brian Brennan said...

This morning I turned up at Manny and Brenda's mobile home thinking that I was up for the Tyndrum 5 my relief I discovered that Manny's last hill of the previous day had taken it's toll and he needed something a bit easier how about just 3 Corbetts down Glen Lochy west of Tyndrum in 2 separate trips .....3 sounded better than 5 plus Manny still had to cycle along there so i could postpone the pain so magic ! All too soon the Gorman fella had got there on the bike and we pushed off up Beinn Chuirn and found a nice wee route up .....and only got slightly wandered on the way off ....great being able to keep up with Manny .....amazing what over 9000 feet the previous day in terrible conditions will do to your body. Back to the van in under 2 hours and time for some grub and also to admire Manny's impressive intake of calories mainly in liquid form. We'd got up and down the hill in dry conditions albeit in a howling gale of freezing wind at the top but while we were in the van the heavens opened for about 30/40 mins. When it dried we started for the other 2, Beinn Udlaidh and Beinn Bhreac-liath, after about 500 feet of climb the rain started and 5 mins under trees proved it was going to stay on so out we came, put on gloves etc and plowtered on up the hill. It was fair to say that Manny's pessimistic genes were definitely on song and he had a right good going moan and rant for about half an hour. He thought I was trying to hurry up the hill but I was just trying to get out of earshot ....nae luck there .....but he calmed down and conditions improved to only drizzle as we got on to the summit plateau and then spied the summit with some sort of wrecked mobile aerial tower right beside the cairn .....a right mess ....Manny took a bearing and we were off heading for the bealach. Then miracle of miracles ....the skies cleared and we got magic views all round for the first time that day and from then on we charged up the final hill and then down sharpish to the high point on the road north outside Tyndrum where we met up with Manny's kids and Brenda again. Cleaned up and time for a beer together in Tyndrum and then back home.
C'mon you Westies and members of other fine although admittedly inferior running clubs .....check the schedule and do your damnedest to help Manny and Brenda complete what will be an amazing feat. Have a look and see when you can meet up with them to lend your support.
A great day out with about 1600 metres of ascent according to my GPS .....keep it going Manny and Brenda

Swaz said...

Great stuff - living vicariously through these reports and a bunch of points on Memory Map now that I'm back in the LOWcountry- keep up the efforts - good to see you guys !!