‘Exhilarating’ challenge for fit villager John

John Naylor from Monks Eleigh ANL-160628-152552001

John Naylor from Monks Eleigh ANL-160628-152552001

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A Monks Eleigh pensioner is taking a well-earned rest after completing a gruelling walk through some of the remotest and bleakest landscapes in Scotland.

John Nayor, 69, decided to take on the Five Sisters of Kintail mountain challenge, near the Kyle of Lochalsh on the northwest coast of Scotland, to raise money for a heart charity and his village’s new village hall.

It is 17 miles as the crow flies – but on foot and climbing a series of ridges up to 10,000 feet high – the educational consultant covered a considerably greater distance as he set off on last week.

Apart from a facial cut, that happened as he tackled a rock face, Mr Naylor completed the endurance ordeal in good spirits – a tribute to his fitness and stamina, especially as he has undergone two full-knee replacement operations in the last three years.

He said: “The route I covered began with a very steep ascent and incorporates three Munros, which are mountains over 3,000 feet, as well as two minor peaks, followed by a steep descent at the end.

“It was exhausting but exhilarating.”

Mr Naylor revealed that his choice of a heart charity, as one of the good causes he wanted to raise money for, was literally close to his own heart.

He explained: ”I had a heart attack in January, 2007.

“Had it not been for my wife, Patti’s, rapid response – plus the superb attention I received at Papworth Hospital – I would not have survived.

“That’s why I wanted to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.”

He added: “Patti and I have lived in Monks Eleigh for more than 18 years, and the positive and generous responses from our friends and neighbours has been overwhelming.”

Mr Naylor hopes that when all the sponsor money is in, he will have raised more than £2,000.