BRIGHT sunshine greeted the thousands of runners and walkers who took on the famous Keswick and Coniston to Barrow Walks on Sunday.

Among the many stories of courage that enriched this year's event was that of seven-year-old Joe Elson, of Cartmel, whose mum and dad cried tears of pride as he completed the 21 miles from Coniston to the finish line.

Joe and his sister Connie, nine, both have the same incurable degenerative disease. But while Joe was able to have groundbreaking and gruelling gene therapy in Italy to prevent the onset of symptoms, tragically Connie could not be treated as her symptoms had already begun.

Mum Nicola told the Gazette: "To do it on top of everything he's been through is so special. He blew us all away."

For more stories, pictures and full coverage of the K2B and C2B 2018, see this Thursday's Westmorland Gazette.