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Keswick to Barrow entrants take on the challenge

THOUSANDS of walkers and runners made it a record breaking year for Furness’s toughest community fundraising challenge.

A remarkable 2,466 starters took part in the gruelling 40-mile Keswick to Barrow event on Saturday.

The 23-mile Coniston to Barrow also attracted its highest number of entries, with 324 people taking part, many of them youngsters.

Organisers believe this year’s event will raise a record amount of money for good causes.

The K2B runners set off at 5.30am, closely followed by the huge field of walkers.

Two of the biggest groups taking part in the events were Team Alice, supporting Alice Pyne’s Alice’s Escapes charity, and Team Jake, raising funds for Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group, in memory of Barrow boy Jake Ellis, who died aged five in 2008.

Alice, 16, from Ulverston, has Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and set up Alice’s Escapes to provide holidays and treats in the Lake District for the families of seriously-ill children.
Ian Symington was first over the finish line at Hawcoat Park Sports Club, arriving just before 9.50am with a time of 4.18.04.

The 32-year-old, Serco team man, of Warrington, and 2011 winner, said: “It’s a personal best by a long way. It’s a beautiful course and really well organised event. I don’t road run, but I make an exception for this.”

Ex-Barrow Island rugby player, Paul Haythorn, was second and first local man in 4.38.51. The 38-year-old Barrow BAE worker ran for the Tonka Fingers 2 team. He dedicated his run to his late work colleague, Carly Scott, 26, who died days after giving birth to her son last month.

The junior boys’ record was broken by Sam Jefferson, of the Ulverston Victoria High School sixth form team, with 5.39.10 on his first attempt – taking 22 minutes off the old record. Sam, 16, of Walney, said: “That’s made the pain go away.”

The first woman back was Park Leisure Centre fitness instructor, Annemarie Almond, 42, of Barrow, with 5.53.57 for her team Sneaker Pimps.

UVHS student Kirsten Bell, 14, of Walney, was the first girl with 7.36.19 for Go Physio. Kirsten, cousin of boys’ winner Sam, has won the event for the last three years.

K2B chairman, Brian Devenny, said: “It’s a record breaking year, it’s been absolutely awesome. They are heroes. They say ‘never again,’ we say ‘see you next year,’ and they come back.”

  • Don't miss Wednesday's 16-page Keswick to Barrow supplement with more pictures and results
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Just wondering why this event isn't more nationally recognised????

Posted by Paul on 16 May 2012 at 19:15

Huge congratulations to everyone taking part and deep respect for the support teams, who were amazing. Special mention for TEAM ALICE, walking for "Alice's Escapes", who managed to get over 100 walkers over the finish line and made Alice's day!

"Grit … Courage … Determination"

Posted by Vicky Pyne on 15 May 2012 at 08:46

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