Feb Saturday 9 2013
The team has not been associated with the annual and very long running, well established Anglezarke Amble event, excellently organised by West Lancashire Long Distance Walkers Association, for some years now.
Last year, freezing road conditions gave some problems to the organisers, regarding retirees on the event, and possible issues should an incident arise.
Therefore we were invited last autumn to provide standby rescue cover for this years event.
This morning for the 08.00hrs early start for this years event, we had three of our Land Rover Mountain Rescue Ambulances available with six team members and one probationary member crewing the vehicles.
These were on hand throughout the day, until the early evening finish, should any issues arise amongst the 325 entrants requiring the team. (With the option of calling out the rest of the team should their help also be required)
Lancashire RAYNET greatly assisted the West Lancashire Long Distance Walkers Association with the control and administration of the progress of todays event, which included a ’short’ 16 mile route and a ‘longer’ 24 miles course, (All on Rivington, Anglezarke and Turton Moors within the West Pennine Moors) with both walkers and runners taking part.
Early morning snowfall on the top of Winter Hill and Darwen Moor soon gave way to dull and damp conditions later in the day.
The event completed with no requirements for the teams assistance, other than transporting a small number of course retirees back to the Rivington Village Hall start / finish.
The team is happy to provide assistance to this popular distance endurance event and help West Lancashire Long Distance Walkers Association.