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Monday, 28 July 2014

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Colourful costumes brighten up Keswick to Barrow

FROM Batman and Robin to Big Bird, there were some colourful costumes to bring smiles to spectators’ faces at the Keswick to Barrow.

For most people walking 40 miles would be hard enough, but a few participants ensured they stood out from the crowd by donning fancy dress.

Mr Blobby, aka Robin Noak, right, completed the K2B in 11 hours 59 minutes.

The 22-year-old is a leader with Duddon Dragons and was one of a team of 30 explorer scouts and scouts taking part for the group.

The scouts volunteered at the start of the C2B and completed the 23-mile walk, and the explorer scouts volunteered at the start of the K2B before taking part themselves.

“I got a lot of giggles and people saying I brightened up their day,” said Mr Noak.

“I would like to say it was a bet, but it really wasn’t. I fancied doing something different this year and I had a Mr Blobby costume in the cupboard for a party I’m going to next week.”

Neil Wesson, 43, lapped up the applause as he approached the finish line, high-fiving spectators as he passed.

“You only get to finish once, don’t you?” said the 43-year-old, walking for Gary’s Team, a colleague killed in action.

“Gary Whiting and I used to work for BAE and we’ve kept it going in his memory.

“This is my tenth year. I’m looking forward to a couple of drinks and putting my feet up.”

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