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Mountain rescuers complete charity challenge

Posted 20 November 2012
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Kendal Mountain Rescue Team members have succeeded in completing a marathon challenge to raise funds for the body.

Deputy team leaders Dave Howarth and Kath Jackson set off during the recent Kendal Film Festival to follow the boundary of the area covered by the team, which measures 112 miles.

A 56-mile mountain bike marked the start of the trek, before they walked or ran the next 50 and then finished off with a six-mile kayak, as the team's boundary runs along Windermere.

Setting off at 20:30 GMT on Friday 16th, they made their way around south Cumbria more in darkness than light.

Afterwards, Ms Jackson said: "Wow. The reality of the round is still sinking in but for the moment I can reassure you I have now slept and this morning I am ambulant (although probably won't be very useful hillgoing on any callout today!)."

Those who like to go walking or climbing in the area may want to make sure they are well equipped, so Kendal's hard-raised funds are not used up in call-outs that could be easily avoided through good preparation.

While Dave Howarth and Kath Jackson will have had torches for their trek, some may neglect to take these, meaning they cannot read their Ordnance Survey maps or get a good understanding of their surroundings if they are still on the hills when it goes dark.

The Kendal Mountain Rescue team's area of operations includes upland areas like the Howgills, a high moorland area that is partly inside the Yorkshire Dales National Park and will be in its entirety if proposed national park boundary extensions go through, as well as the fells around the Lake District valleys of Kentmere and Longsleddale.

Both areas include land over 2,000 ft above sea level, with popular walks including the Kentmere Horseshoe.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801491180-ADNFCR