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30-mile mark feels like a bridge too far

Evening Mail reporter Giles Brown spoke to weary walkers as they stopped for respite at Lowick Bridge

BY the time the Keswick to Barrow entrants reached Lowick Bridge, many were beginning to feel the strain.

A few miles short of the 30-mile mark, the small village also begins the approach to the psychological and physical barrier of Kirkby Moor – the final slog before the mostly downhill run to Barrow.

As the walkers wheezed, limped and hobbled through, they gulped painkillers or sat down to apply plasters to blistered feet.

One of those braving the pain was Simon Pyne, who was taking part in aid of Alice’s Escapes – the charity set up by his daughter and cancer sufferer Alice Pyne, from Ulverston.

Mr Pyne was pushing to try and complete the route in about nine-and-a-half hours, in what was his fourth time taking part.

“This is about the worst bit coming, it’s steadily getting tougher,” he said.

He was accompanied by Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock, who was trying to run the final 20 miles of the route after walking the first 20.

“It’s been a fabulous day and a fabulous occasion,” he panted.

“It’s a privilege to be able to do something like this on such a day and on such a fabulous route too.”

Also passing through the village were members of Team Jake, who were raising money for the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group in memory of Jake Ellis, five, who died from cancer in 2008.

His aunt Nicola Morrow, 26, from Barrow, was taking part with his uncle Jack Rutty, 34, who had travelled from his home in North Carolina, in the US, to take part.

“I am feeling pretty good, there are a few blisters, but I think when you feel you have your team’s support it does give you the determination you need to get it done,” she said.

One of the biggest sufferers on the entire route was Natasha-Jade Frith-Williams, 20, from Hawcoat, who was walking in riding boots in aid of the World Horse Welfare charity.

By the time she reached Lowick Bridge, the riding boots were beginning to pinch.

The boots had been fine up until the 18-mile mark she said as she limped along.

“I would be fine if I wasn’t wearing these riding boots. They are quite tight and rubbing a lot,” she said.

At the top of Kirkby Moor Andy Barrett, from Caterham, Surrey, was looking forward to his two free pints of beer at the end point in Hawcoat.

“You get up at 3.30am and it’s a long old day, but it’s a great event and it is fantastically organised. I live in Surrey and you just don’t get to see scenery like this,” he said.

Have your say

Hats of to every one who took part in this years K2B, however reading the majority of related articles,there seems to be no mention of Mr John Faulkner of Langdale Crescent Dalton,who finished the K2B for the 35th time, raising money for charities over those 35 years. To see him proudly cross that finishing line was incredibly moving. He is a true gentleman and his sheer determination should be an inspiration to us all. He truly does deserve a medal.

Posted by Mc on 18 May 2012 at 18:25

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