Galloway MRT

Ring of Fire attempt

 

When I approached Galloway Mountain Rescue Team to help me put on the Bruce's Crown race they agreed to help me out as they were raising money for a new team base. I am extremely grateful to all the team as the race went ahead successfully and they were all very instrumental in this. It could not have happened without their help. Due to the lateness of getting the race off the ground and of course, a lot of expenses, we barely raised £1000.

On 23rd May at 18:00 a team from Galloway Mountain Rescue have set off on a sponsored Ring of Fire round with the aim of finishing within 24 hours and raising more funds for the team base. The link to donate is here https://www.gofundme.com This is a massive challenge for each of the eleven members and before they set off this week I asked the following questions to get an idea of just how hard it is for them.

 1- Why is this such a big challenge to you? 2 - What do you think you will find the hardest during the challenge?

3 - What are you most looking forward to at the end of challenge?

 

 James Anderson

1. Why is this such a big challenge to you? It's just going to be bloody tough, a long way with plenty of ascent and descent, physically very demanding.

2. What do you think you will find the hardest during the challenge? The terrain! It's relentless and unforgiving. My sense of humour will be sorely tested coming off Cairnsgarroch!

3. What are you most looking forward to at the end of challenge? The sense of achievement at the end will be enourmous and despite hurting and swearing blind I'll never do something like this again... Well...

 

 

Karen Brownlie

1. Why is this such a big challenge to you? I love a challenge - it has to be hard otherwise it wouldnít be a challenge . This is a big one which will be physically and mentally challenging with hills, bogs, tussocks (now known as boggy hay) and forest track throughout the 52 miles. Itís going to be a great 24hrs ⛰️‍♀️.

2. What do you think you will find the hardest during the challenge? ⁠I hate exercising in the evening, so starting at 6pm will be a thought Ö.but once we are started -for me the challenge will be not falling over regularly particularly going over the Galloway tussocks aswell as lack of sleep, like other team members I also like a good 8hrs .

 3. ⁠What are you most looking forward to at the end of challenge? Ensuring everyone finishes safely and feels a massive sense of achievement (as well as exhaustion) as well as accomplishing what our communities have kindly donated/sponsored us to do the challenge which is truly fantastic. Also a cool can of full fat coke and putting my crocs on when arriving at Bruceís stone

 

 

Ross McConchie

1 - Why is this such a big challenge to you? I started running approximately one year ago and have experienced consistent improvement in my physical fitness and overall well-being. The Ring of Fire willl challenge both my physical and mental ability, serving as an assessment of my readiness for future ultra-distance events. However, the primary motivation for this challenge is the banter with everyone else taking part. . Ps - A joke every mile

2 - What do you think you will find the hardest during the challenge? My main concern is that lack of sleep will be the greatest obstacle to my successful completion of this challenge. Hopefully with enough rest beforehand, then this won't be much of an issue.

3 - What are you most looking forward to at the end of challenge? I'm looking forward to reaching Bruce's Stone and the feeling of accomplishment with everyone else . Additionally, I am looking forward to indulging in a 12-inch cheese and garlic pizza bread, followed by stuffed jalapeŮos filled with mozzarella cheese.

 

 

 

Justine Siebenaler

1- Why is this such a big challenge to you? My body definitely isnít the same as it was and Iím definitely not in the hills training as much as I was pre child so itís definitely a personal challenge to me to see whether I can still demand so much of myself physically. I hope so

2 - What do you think you will find the hardest during the challenge? Eating enough food to maintain my energy levels.

3 - What are you most looking forward to at the end of challenge? Taking my shoes off (Iím with you Karen - míon the crocs ) and that beautiful group feeling of achievement - having overcome a few battles together

 

 

Amy Cooper

1- Why is this such a big challenge to you? The unknown! Is this possible for me?! Pushing untested boundaries.

2 - What do you think you will find the hardest during the challenge? Keeping cold at bay especially when Iím tired. Also the terrain - unlike you mountain goats I havenít much experience in these hills.

3 - What are you most looking forward to at the end of challenge? Hugs, bath and bed!

 

 

 

 

Christie Mills

1: Why is this such a big challenge to you? The Ring of Fire will be a massive challenge for me, I have previously ran marathons but they were all road races, I have never attempted this distance before and never over the tough terrain that Galloway is renowned for either. It is the entering of the unknown after mile 26 that unnerves me and I think the mental challenge will be just as difficult as the physical side.
2: What do you think you will find the hardest during the challenge? The most difficult part of the challenge for me will definitely be the lack of sleep, I am an 8 hours of sleep kind of girl, I love my sleep. 🥴 I also think the mental battle to keep going, will be very challenging towards the end.
3: What am I most looking forward to at the end of the challenge? Well it certainly isnít the CŤilidh I am attending on Saturday 🫣 that could be interesting, my dance moves may look even stranger than normal 🤣 The one thing I am looking forward after seeing Bruceís Stone is going to bed and having a good excuse for a massive lie in. I am also looking forward to the team reaching the fundraising target we have set. 🙏

 

Jonathan Grub

1- Why is this such a big challenge to you? Iíve walked sections of the Rhinns and along the Awfu Hand before but never joined them up (could do without that forest road section, itís going to be a bugger). The whole concept is just pure and appeals to me.

2 - What do you think you will find the hardest during the challenge? For eg Lack of sleep Iím wanting to make a good deal more distance than my longest training day but there are a lot of miles in my knees and they may be what stops me. Just how far can they take me?

3 - What are you most looking forward to at the end of challenge? Probably just sitting down having a cuppa and a blether with the rest but after that a good steak cooked on the BBQ and a glass of favourite Chilean red wine will take some beating!

 

 

 

 

Greg Bowie

1 - Why is this such a big challenge to you? Because I haven't done the requisite amount of training.


2 - What do you think you will find the hardest during the challenge? Mental challenge, constantly resisting the urge to sit down and chuck it.


3 - What are you most looking forward to at the end of challenge? Sleeping.

 

Andy Forsyth

1. Why is this such a big challenge to you? Age is an issue of mind over matter.

2. What do you think you will find the hardest during the challenge? Tabbing on the forest drive.3

3. What are you most looking forward to at the end of challenge? No one being injured en route, touching the stone and thanking Glyn and team mates.

 

 

 

Stew Gibson