World record for Oliver at Old Man of Hoy

PUBLISHED: 13:00 20 May 2016

Oliver during his record attempt at the Old Man of Hoy.

Oliver during his record attempt at the Old Man of Hoy.

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A 10-year-old climbing fan from Flax Bourton has become the youngest person ever to scale the Old Man of Hoy.

Oliver Buckle celebrating his new record for becoming the youngest person ever to scale Old Man of Hoy.Oliver Buckle celebrating his new record for becoming the youngest person ever to scale Old Man of Hoy.

Oliver Buckle set the new record climbing the world famous stack on the Island of Hoy, in Orkney, which is renowned for being extremely difficult.

Oliver, who attends 1st Backwell Scouts, completed the climb just days before his 11th birthday and has now beaten the record previously held by renowned British climber Leo Houlding.

He said: “It was simply amazing. The weather was on our side so we just went for it. There were some very tricky parts but we took it steady.

“It was such a privilege to stand on top of the Old Man of Hoy and it’s something I’ll never forget.

Oliver Buckle and Ben on top of the Old Man of Hoy.Oliver Buckle and Ben on top of the Old Man of Hoy.

“The added bonus is that I’ve become the youngest person to have made it to the top. Leo Houlding is a bit of a hero of mine so I hope he doesn’t mind me taking his record.”

Oliver completed the 449ft challenge with his dad Ben and an experienced guide and reached the top at 7.30pm on Thursday, following a six-hour climb.

Oliver was also raising money for Water Aid and people can still donate to the appeal at www.virginmoneygiving.com/OllieBuckle

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