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Friday, 01 August 2014

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Record breaking Keswick to Barrow in memory of Alice

IT was another record breaking year for Team Alice, which smashed the Keswick to Barrow ladies team record.

The team shaved more than an hour off last year’s record, claiming first and second place in the ladies team titles and crossing the line in eight hours 46 minutes. Milly Pyne, sister of the late teenager Alice, could also be on course to claim the fundraising trophy after individually raising £3,500.

Upon completing the Coniston to Barrow in five hours 20 minutes, Milly said: “We had around 50 people in the C2B and 134 in total. The team’s done really well. I’ve raised £3,500. I’ve no idea how I’ve done it. I’ve got some really good support from around the area. I started raising money in December last year.”

Commenting on the walk she added: “The weather wasn’t that bad, except the puddles. I walked with my friend Callum and finished with my uncle, Gary Pennington.”

Her mum, Vicky Pyne, walked in around 6.30pm with her teammates to a huge cheer from the spectators.

“I feel relieved,” she said.

“At every single support stop we’ve been at, every volunteer and every marshal met us with nothing but smiles and positive encouragement and it really makes a massive difference.”

Christine Adams walked and ran the K2B for Team Alice. She said: “I’m over the moon and it’s great because I’m representing Alice’s Escapes. The support at Lowick was amazing. It made us feel amazing. ”

The sense of achievement was too much for Mandy Telford who burst into tears as she crossed the finish line.

Being comforted by her husband, Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock, she said: “I’m emotional; this is my first time. I’m so proud of myself. All the stewards were fabulous. Everywhere you go they clap and say well done. Actually I really enjoyed it.”

Of her chosen charity, Alice’s Escapes she said: “We knew Alice; it’s such a fabulous cause, and that keeps you going as well. As soon as we came up to the finish people were shouting ‘go Team Alice’. One of the special things about this area is the community spirit.”

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