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Amazing Liz completes gruelling hike for third time

Liz Murphy
Liz Murphy

A Stamford woman completed a gruelling 20 mile hike in Scotland just a little more than a month short of her 80th birthday.

This was the third time that Liz Murphy, who turned 80 on Tuesday (July 3), has successfully completed the Lairig Ghru hill-pass in the central Cairngorms, having previously done it at ages 60 and 70.

Liz completed her most recent hike on May 27 with eight others.

“I had been planning on doing it again for sometime and we started walking at 7.45 in the morning,” she said.

“The weather was absolutely fantastic, although there was a strong breeze blowing through the pass.”

Liz said the terrain was rocky and the hike had plenty of “up hills”.

“There were a lot more up hills than I remember the last time,” she quipped.

“But it was absolutely beautiful and it is a fantastic path.”

Liz said she has been hiking in Scotland ever since meeting her late husband Tom in 1957.

“We used to walk a lot together there as Tom, who died three years ago, was a Scot.

She said they had only finished the 20 mile hike at 7pm that night.

“I’ve done it the three times now at ages 60, 70 and 80 but won’t be doing it when I’m 90,” she said.

“It’s a tough walk and you need to have someone who knows the terrain and the area.

“Although it was hot, we crossed the snow line at one point.

“It was so beautiful.”

Liz’s daughter Kiffy Mitchell paid tribute to her mother’s achievement.

“She is a remarkable lady, well known by many for her involvement in a variety of places in Stamford including CAB, Food Bank, Stamford Choral Society, St Augustine’s Church and St Augustine’s School as piano accompanist.”

According to the webiste Walk Highlands, Lairig Ghru hill-pass climbs to an altitude of 835 metres and “is a true classic walk”.

“The Lairig is, however, a long walk through very remote and exposed terrain where help is a long way off and is often snow-bound in winter. This is a serious walk and hence is given Grade 4.”

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