Marhofn 84.04 - May 2002

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Emerging from Obscurity: Helen McLaren

This was a year of ups and downs, as it were. It got off to a bad start with a knee operation for a torn cartilage, plus the news that arthritis was setting in in my right knee, just to add to my woes. And that was before FMD hit the headlines. Anyway, my physio reckoned that telling me to stop climbing hills was a non-starter so, instead, she advised me to start thinking about what I was doing, maybe be a bit sensible. So I looked up 'sensible' in the dictionary, thought about it, and climbed 77 new Marilyns. The sensible bit was not going out on many wet days. Best part of the year was definitely the week spent on Barra and South Uist, and reaching the Hall of Fame on the last hill climbed that week. The two days visiting the Barra Head islands were pure magic and rank among my most memorable hill days ever. The rest of the week, not to mention the superb weather, was pretty fantastic too. Celebrating my 600th on Crogary na Hoe, with a suitable dram or two of course, was the perfect end to a perfect week.

Helen McLaren (right) celebrates on Crogary na Hoe with Mary Cox

Helen McLaren (right) celebrates on Crogary na Hoe with Mary Cox

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