21 Jul

Teacher Conquers St Kilda

A teacher from Fort William has become the first person to complete a marathon on the remote archipelago of St Kilda. Uninhabited for more than 80 years and 41 miles from the nearest land – Bill Cameron’s route took him dangerously near treacherous cliffs and up gradients thousands of feet high as he pounded over the rocky terrain.

The Lochaber High School teacher plotted his route carefully and left bottles of water, energy bars and apples at strategic points along the course.

“I ran a half marathon there in 2015, when I went to St Kilda for a day visit, but I really wanted to challenge myself and do the full 26.2 miles,” Mr Cameron explained.

“I have checked and, as far as I know, I’m the first person to run a marathon there. I set off at sunrise which was 3.30am and it took me seven hours altogether. It was very hard-going and I was relieved to finish.

“During the run I relaised that I was daft to leave out the snacks on the route as they would probably be eaten by the sheep or the famous St Kilda mouse, but I was lucky and they were still there. I was also dive-bombed by seabirds who were protecting their young. Fortunately, I managed to find a stick and piece of rope, so I tied the two together and whirled this around my head as I ran to keep them off.”