FOR some, climbing a celebrated peak once is a tough task, let alone climbing it every day for a whole year. But that is what one North Berwick man is attempting to do.

Andrew Knight lives on the town’s Marly Green and, after climbing North Berwick Law on January 1, he was inspired to keep going and attempt to climb the Law 365 times this year.

He is raising money for the British Heart Foundation, which he describes as a “tremendous support” to him since he suffered a heart attack in 2016.

Andrew, 55, said the heart attack “came from nowhere and blew my socks off”.

He said: “To be honest, the first few months that followed my heart attack were a bit challenging.

“I was permanently exhausted and scared to breathe, never mind walk any distance and I relied entirely on the support of family and friends during this period.

“I was also fortunate in that my employers were most supportive.

“I am doing [the Law walking challenge] to inspire people who have had a heart attack or have heart diseases that post-event you can still get out there.

“I was always thinking during my months of convalescence, if I could just one day climb back up to the top then I would have sufficient fitness to do most things that I might want to do in the future.

“On New Year’s Day 2017, I stood on the summit with family and friends and, given that I didn’t keel over and no bits fell off me, I figured I might just be back in the game!

“From there a germ of an idea was sown: would it be possible for me to climb the Law 365 times in a year? I’ve now done it nearly 300 times.”

The 55-year-old got off to a bad start this year as his dog Lottie knocked herself out by running headfirst into a large boulder on the first day of the 2019 challenge, with Andrew explaining that she had missed some walks since the incident.

Andrew, a practice director at a national asset management firm in Edinburgh and a father-of-three, often goes on his walks very early in the morning or late at night.

He said: “I have met a lot of interesting people with very interesting stories. It has been a lot of fun so far.

“I don’t want to do it to be all ‘look at me, I’m great’, I just want to be inspiring.

“The Law doesn’t get any easier to climb, though!”

When explaining why he has only now gone public with his challenge and set up a JustGiving page, he said: “I didn’t think I could do it and stick it out.

“I feel that I can now get through the next two and a half months and I can see the finishing line on the horizon.”

Andrew has had plenty of support along the way, with his three children joining him on walks and wife Victoria supporting him on the ground; his 80-year-old mum has also expressed her wish to join Andrew on one of his walks.

Andrew is also inviting people to join him, saying “it would be great if anybody with or without heart disease would like to join me on one of my strolls up the Law”.

“Whilst I have to fit my hikes around work commitments during the week, I tend to leave from the car park gate at 8am most Saturdays and Sundays,” he added.

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