Munro climb's in the bag for charity champ

A RETIRED GP has set off on an epic bid to climb all 283 Munros to raise money for charity in memory of a popular Capital priest.

Dr Gerry McPartlin, 66, who worked out of Moira Park Surgery near Jock's Lodge for 21 years, climbed his first Munro, Ben Lomond, on Saturday after a final gruelling training session with Scotland's "Mr Judo" George Kerr, pictured.

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Typically it takes ten years or more to tackle all the Munros, but Dr McPartlin is attempting the feat in four months, to raise money towards a fund for the poor in Kenya set up in memory of their mutual friend, Monsignor David Gemmell, who died in March 2008.

Dr McPartlin said: "I am both apprehensive and excited about this challenge.