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A National Endurance Riding Event at Tebay attracted 110 riders.

Endurance Riding is one of the fastest growing sports in the country, with events ranging from the 100-mile international senior championship to 10-mile pleasure rides.

The Tebay course contained the minimum road work, so riders could enjoy the open space of the fells and bridleways. Competitors came from as far away as Bolton and Newcastle with many local riders also taking part.

Kath McGhee from Ambleside riding Foxghylls Folly completed the 65km course at an average speed of 12.11 minutes with a final heart rate of 48, earning a well-deserved grade 3.

In the 40km course, Annie Rose from Millom and Therry Cooper from Kirkby-in- Furness successfully completed the class on their Clydesdales.

Jackie McClure from Broughton-in-Furness took part in the 25km and 16km pleasure rides.

Ros Denby, ride organiser and chairman of the Cumbria Group of Endurance, said: “it was a great day; competitors achieved excellent results and enjoyed the ride and it was fabulous to welcome many non members to take part in the pleasure rides.”

More information can be found at the group website at www.endurancegbcumbria.co.uk or contact the group secretary: Nikki Pearson at Gilson’s Forge, Brocklebank, Wigton, Cumbria CA7 8DL (016974 78203).E-mail: nikki.s.pearson@btinternet.com.