A big cheer for Peter Pierre Henley who completed the 95-mile West Highland Way Challenge in brutal conditions. The heat, hills and Highland cattle didn’t stop him reaching the finish line.
It was hot work indeed for the Nottingham Redhill Road Runner who was amongst 120 starters at Milngavie, ready to take on the best Scotland has to offer. This included the Trossachs and Loch Lomond, the stunning waterfall at Inversnaid, Beinn Odhar and the Glencoe Mountain Range before finishing at Fort William.
Peter entered this race on behalf of Haywood House, a hospice based within Nottingham City Hospital that provides specialist palliative care. The hospice cared for two close friends of his who sadly passed away from cancer but were treated with dignity and compassion throughout their stay there. He wanted to remember them both and pay tribute to the work undertaken by the hospice.
The Highland Way Challenge is open to runners and walkers and was awarded 6 UTMB qualifying points with a 35 hour cut off. Entrants are expected to be self-sufficient, dealing with sleep deprivation etc, and for those who still have some reserves of energy, there is the option of climbing Ben Nevis at the end.
The challenge was made harder by the heat but Peter carried on, looking strong through the checkpoints and with excellent support from Paul Gale, both of whom were determined to complete the challenge. They also epitomised the camaraderie shown in these types of events, going to the assistance of a fellow runner and helping him to continue.
Peter crossed the finish line at 8.45am on Sunday (27 May) and came 52nd out of 120 entrants where a well-deserved beer awaited him.