THE Keswick to Barrow 2019 event officially came to an end with an event to celebrate its success.

Charities from the Furness area were given cheques for the amount of money that was raised in their honour, with a select few saying a few words.

Guest speakers from sponsors and charities gave speeches of how the K2B helps people in the area and what it means to so many in the community.

The launch of the 2020 event finished off the night as the annual challenge was laid down.

They hope next year is the biggest yet.

Ian Walmsley , a K2B committee member, has provided the highlights of the evening from his perspective:

So that’s it; 2019 year complete with the staging of the awards night.

A magnificent £379,666 raised for many charities and good causes.

I sincerely hope everyone who attend enjoyed the evening.

The event only takes place thanks to many people’s input and it’s always good to see Bob striding around the tables as compere – great training for 2020.

For me, this evening is a reminder of why everyone gets involved in the event.

On those long training walks or runs (or during a particularly protracted committee meeting) I usually remind myself of the awards night to spur me on.

On that theme, it was interesting to listen to Cliff Robson, BAE MD, describing his first experience of the K2B and how it grew on him.

Our other keynote speaker was Jo-Ann Ellis of Team Jake.

It was an inspiring and personal talk on her fund-raising over the last years following personal tragedy and got a standing ovation. Well done Jo!

The committee will review the evening and any feedback we receive before the end of November, we’re always trying to make this event as effective and enjoyable as possible.

There is a slight pause between now and registration – Monday January 20, 2020.

However, now is an ideal to consider next year and either organising a team or register interest in a team. It’s never too early.

It’s also a good idea to get a few miles under your belt even though the nights are drawing in.

Autumn walks are a real pleasure and any effort put in now pays dividends on the day.

On a related theme, it’s not too early to think about the clothes and footwear for the big day.

Comfortable, “broken in” gear is highly recommended.