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By Hugh Boag
An Arran teenager is taking on a gruelling 170km run – including 30 Munros – to raise money for charity.
Arran High School pupil Andy Bunting, aged 16, is raising money for the Martin Moran Foundation which funds mountain adventure programmes to elevate the lives of young people.
Andy told the Banner: ‘I was lucky enough to be one of eight young people on the first Martin Moran course. The course furthered my interests and developed me as an outdoorsman. To show my appreciation of the work it does, I’m hoping to raise money for the charity through this run.’
The 30 Munro run is just part of Andrew’s wider plan to climb a total of 60 Munros to remember his dad, who died four years ago, and finish the last one on what would have been his dad’s 60th birthday in July.
The Munro challenge run is being run over four days, starting on May 16. Day one is Ballachulish to Kinlochetive; day two, Kinlochetive to Altnafeadh; day three, Altnafeadh to Kinlochleven and day four, Kinlochleven to Fort William.
Andy explained: ‘After the run, I will climb Ben More and the four Munros at Cruachan followed by a two-week kayaking and hiking trip in July around Skye and the Small Isles culminating later that month with my final 13 Munros in Fort William.’
In 2020, aged just 15, Andy ran 90kms around the island in a day raising more than £2,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support and in 2021 he and a friend kayaked from Claonaig around Bute and back in six days – 130kms.
To support Andy, visit www.justgiving.com andybunting30munros
Andy Bunting is taking on a 30 Munro charity challenge. 01_B17charity01