Iron Maiden singer competes in Grasmere fell race

Bruce Dickinson (right) sets off on the Guides Race

Bruce Dickinson (right) sets off on the Guides Race

First published in News The Westmorland Gazette: Photograph of the Author by

MEMBERS of heavy metal giants Iron Maiden partied for three days in the Lake District and ran for the hills as part of a traditional event.

Heavy-metal musicians Bruce Dickinson and Dave Murray were in Grasmere for the wedding of manager Andy Taylor’s daughter Louise.

Louise got married to Mark Christie at a church ceremony in Grasmere but the wedding party and their guests took over the Wordsworth Hotel and spa for three days — where they were treated to outdoor BBQs and rocked to a string of live bands from across the country.

And on Sunday lead singer Dickinson, who has sold 75m albums with Maiden, donned his sports gear and brought a smile to the face of locals by taking part in Grasmere Sport’s Guides Race — where he came 161st out of 181.

Dickinson posed for pictures and spent time talking to locals after his race.

Iain Garside, owner of the Wordsworth Hotel and spa in Grasmere, said: “Louise was christened in Grasmere and has always wanted to get married here and we were asked to organise events over the three days. It was brilliant.” Bruce, who is also a qualified commercial airline pilot, lined up with lead guitarist Dave Murray’s daughter Tasha for the event, which he completed in 26 minutes and 21 seconds.

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The amateur runner, whose track Run to the Hills hit the charts in 1982, seemed to enjoy taking part in the event.

MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale Tim Farron said: “There were no airs and graces about him and he said that Grasmere was one of his favourite places. He was shaking people’s hands.”

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