Hardy Scots runner comes 4th in gruelling Ben Nevis race – after rock splits his head open

A HARDY Scots runner managed to come back in fourth in a gruelling race up and down Ben Nevis – regardless of being coated in blood after a rock break up his head open.

Callum Fraser wanted seven stitches after a chunk of particles got here free from Scotland’s highest mountain on Saturday and smacked him behind his head.

The 26-year-old from Fort William, Scottish Highlands had already ran nearly all of the 14km race and was on his method again down when he was momentarily stopped in his tracks by the incident.

Callum Fraser was struck by a rock however nonetheless completed fourth within the Ben Nevis race. Credit score: John Oneill

Undeterred and eager to finish the race, Callum’s adrenaline took over and noticed him are available fourth out of greater than 350 runners collaborating within the yearly Ben Nevis Race.

The decided engineer ended up taking only one hour and forty one minutes to finish the race – taking simply half-hour for the descent.

Dramatic photographs present Callum coated in blood down his face, neck and throughout his Lochaber working vest.

Talking at present, he stated: “I believe I really knocked the rock as I used to be working previous then I overtook it on the downhill part.

“It gathered pace and struck me on the again of the pinnacle.

“I used to be already midway down the hill and I believed nicely I can both stroll from right here or simply keep on working, so I stored on working.

“I didn’t really really feel it on the time, the adrenaline stored me going however I used to be getting a number of humorous seems to be on the way in which down from folks.

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“As quickly because the race completed, I went to the medical tent and was then taken to Belford hospital in Fort William the place I acquired seven stitches.

“In my head I simply thought I had carried out many of the work so there was no likelihood I used to be stopping.

“It was my finest end to come back fourth in my sixth race and I’ll be again subsequent yr 100%. It’s not put me off in any way.”

Callum after the race
Callum after the race within the medical tent. Credit score: Callum Fraser

Lochaber Mountain Rescue Workforce posted photographs of Callum on Fb yesterday, writing: “No LMRT help required right here, solely true Lochaber grit and willpower, congratulations to Callum Fraser on ending fourth on the weekend after an in depth one.

“Nicely carried out to all of the runners who accomplished the Ben Nevis Race and Finlay who triumphed as soon as once more as Lochaber dominated the outcomes.”

The publish attracted over 1,500 likes and feedback from impressed social media customers who branded Callum hardcore for finishing the race coated in blood.

Pawel Cymbalista stated: “I hope you had a number of pints after celebrating this battle, fairly epic battle scar I’d say.

“My mum nearly fainted when she noticed you on the end.”

Vicky Taylor stated: “Bloody legend he’s.”

Stuart Anderson stated: “A mere flesh wound, different sportsmen particularly footballers may be taught so much from these true athletes’ grit and willpower.”

Elma MacInnes stated: “Nicely carried out Callum, it appeared like nothing was going to cease you ending.”

Leigh Kinnaird stated: “That is significantly hardcore, legend.”

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The Ben Nevis race is an annual occasion which sees eager fanatics scale the UK’s highest mountain earlier than speeding again down once more.

The primary timed occasion on the 4,413ft mountain was in 1895.