News just in: On Saturday 18th June Jasmin Paris set a new record for the Ramsay Round, knocking 46 minutes from the previous fastest round to set a new time of 16 hours 13 minutes.
One of the UK's big three sub-24-hour fell running challenges, the Ramsay Round links 24 Lochaber Munros in a gruelling 60-mile loop - Ben Nevis, Carn Mor Dearg, Aonachs Mor and Beag, the full length of the Grey Corries, the Easains, the Loch Treig Munros and the whole Mamores ridge (including outliers).
Jasmin's time is not just a female record but the fastest it's ever been done, period.
She seems to be on quite a roll. Earlier this year she broke the women's record for the Bob Graham, coming in at under 15 1/2 hours; and in 2015 she came second in the Berghaus Dragon's Back Race (see here).
The UK's Big Three
Paddy Buckley Round
A 62 mile circuit of 47 Snowdonian summits, the round was devised by Paddy Buckley but first run in under 24 hours by Martin Stone in 1985. The route includes the Carneddau, the Glyderau, the Snowdon range, the Moelwynion and the Moel Hebog range. For more details check out runner Bob Wightman's website.
Bob Graham Round
Done as a sub-24 hour push the Bob Graham round of 42 Lakeland peaks (including the four 3000-ers) is one of the toughest fell runner's challenges in the country. Wearing tennis shoes and fuelled on bread and butter the man himself set the bar high way back in 1932 and his time of 23 hours 39 minutes stood for 28 years. See the Bob Graham Club website for more.
An extension of an earlier effort by Philip Tranter, Charlie Ramsay's amazing effort covers 24 Lochaber peaks over around 60 miles, including Ben Nevis, the Aonachs, the Grey Corries, the Easains and Loch Treig Munros and the whole Mamores ridge. Ramsay just scraped inside the 24 hour limit in 1978; the current record stands at 16hrs13. More info at the Ramsay's Round site.