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Friday, 29 August 2014

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Millom groups show team spirit as they take on gruelling Keswick to Barrow challenge

MILLOM was well represented in this year’s Keswick to Barrow walk.

Among the 3,168 walkers were a team from Millom Library who completed the 40-mile walk, raising close to £800 for First Responders and North West Air Ambulance.

It was the first time they’ve taken part and, despite the blisters, they have vowed to enter again. Jenna Pugh, who recruited a team of staff, family members and library users, said: “We all finished in under 12 hours. It was a lot harder than we thought it would be.

“We started walking at 5.30am and it was tipping it down. We were soaked by the time we reached Coniston. There were quite a few with blisters but we’re alright. Some of us are doing it again.”

Making their debut in this year’s C2B and K2B were the Millom Parents and Carers Disability Group team.

Crossing the finish line after eight hours and 10 minutes, Julia Rice, a helper with the group, said: “It’s a parent set-up group in Millom to put on activities for children with disabilities or special needs. It was set up quite recently because in the holidays or at weekends there was nothing for their kids.”

The 48-year-old added: “We normally meet at people’s houses in Millom.

“It’s a grassroots thing. The people of Millom have been really supportive.”

A combined team of school pupils, sixth formers and staff represented Millom School in the K2B.

Premises manager and team co-ordinator, Jonathan Elvie, said: “We’re a little bit sore, as are most people, but basically OK. We had 11 complete the K2B raising money for school funds to put into various different projects.

“I’ve had very positive feedback from everybody. They were elated they had done it. Everybody has low points but they all pulled through and got in at a reasonable time.”

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