Rescue teams play significant supporting role in mountain marathon in Howgills (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Rescue teams play significant supporting role in mountain marathon in Howgills
8:49am Tuesday 30th October 2012 in News
KENDAL and Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Teams played a significant supporting role in this year’s Original Mountain Marathon which took place in the Howgills at the weekend.
This major national outdoor event involves more than 2,500 participants competing in eight different classes. Working in pairs, the teams taking part have to navigate between checkpoints in remote mountainous terrain and be self-sufficient for the entire period of the race.
The event took place in mixed weather, with clear skies for much of Saturday, a cold night and deteriorating conditions, including mist and rain, on Sunday.
Kirkby Stephen MRT’s base in Kirkby Stephen was used as the joint control centre, with Kendal MRT’s specialist control vehicle deployed at different locations, to help with communications and the management of any incidents.
Volunteers dealt with two incidents over the weekend. One was on The Calf, a hill top within the OMM event area, involving a walker not connected with the race. Both teams responded and the casualty, suffering from a lower leg injury, was airlifted by air ambulance to the Royal Preston Hospital.
A second incident was dealt with by Kendal MRT team whilst in the warmth of the registration building at Sedbergh. A severely hypothermic casualty was treated in the gents changing room before an ambulance took him to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.