West Highland Way: Denny dad completes challenge for eating disorder charity Beat

A dad-of-two walked the West Highland Way at the weekend in double quick time.

Jason Munro set off at 5.30am on Friday and managed to complete the 96 mile route completed by Sunday evening.

His total journey time was 38 hours and 44 minutes.

It usually takes people between six and seven days to cover the terrain but he was determined to give himself a challenge which would encourage people to donate.

Jason Munro with son Jacob, seven, about to start his trek along the West Highland Way

Jason, 37, from Denny is raising money for the eating disorder charity Beat.

As his walk got underway wife Claire said: “As a nutritionist, Jason is passionate about helping people with their relationship with food and those with eating disorders.

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"Two years ago he walked from Denny to South Queensferry and back which is about 120,000 steps. He did it in 15 hours, however, his feet were a mess afterwards!

"We’re hoping that this time he will get an opportunity to dry out his footwear at night to stop his feet blistering.”

He hopes to raise around £2000 for the charity and you can donate here

Jason covered the first 32 miles from Milngavie to Inversnaid in 11 hours and he said that lulled him into a false sense of security and Saturday nearly broke him.

He said: “I knew it was going to be the toughest day at 37 miles but a two hour downpour from 6am-8am had me starting the day very wet and it didn't get any better.”

Thankfully the finally day from Kingshouse to Forth William passed relatively quietly with only his sore feet to contend with.

And his advice to anyone planning to walk the West Highland Way? “Don’t plan to do it in three days.”

He added: “The pandemic has seen the number of people suffering from eating disorders skyrocketing and charities overwhelmed. Let's help give this particular charity the help it needs to continue to help those in need.”

Jason, who runs Munro Nutrition, is dad to Jacob, seven and three-year-old Kerr.

He is a keen hill walker and already taken his elder son with him to bag his first munro, Meikle Bin in the Carron Valley.

Claire added: “He’s just waiting for our 11-month-old golden retriever Fraser to be a bit older so he can take him up the munros.

"The boys and I are incredibly proud of all he is doing.”

While covering the route, Jason will pass through some of Scotland’s most beautiful scenery from countryside parks to loch shores and open moorlands to steep mountains.