I'm currently reading a book written in 1906 by one of the people who worked at the old Ben Nevis meteorological observatory (which operated from 1883 to 1904).
After spending about four pages writing in rather disparaging terms about people who ran up the mountain (the record in those days was 2.10 for '15 miles' from the centre of Fort William and back, which seems pretty impressive to me in an era when Olympic marathons were won in the 2.50s), he writes:
"Now that the Observatory has been shut up, it is very unlikely that any further such contests will be organized, and record breaking on the mountain will be as a tale that is told".
I think it would be fair to say that this prediction was incorrect.
:) try telling Finlay Wild that!