Hundreds of mountain runners have been rescued after a long distance race in England’s Lake District was abandoned due to heavy rain and flooding. Rescue teams had to locate around 2,500 competitors taking part in what is called the Original Mountain Marathon. When rivers burst their banks and high winds swept mountains the runners were scattered across the 80-kilometer course with just tents for shelter.
One of the rescued runners said: “It is probably the worst day I have seen in my life out on the fells. It was horizontal sleet and rain, gusts of 80 or 85 miles an hour. It was something I have never experienced before.”
Another said: “I’ve been coming up here for years and never experienced anything like this.” The Lake District is normally an area of outstanding natural beauty in the North West of England, but not this wintry weekend.
Many sheltered in farms and mines overnight and about 1,700 camped out. Fortunately all are now safe. But now questions are being asked whether the race should have gone ahead in the first place.