Nov 24 2013
Today the team provided standby rescue cover for the David Staff Memorial Charity Fell Race.
This fell race takes in a course over 5.1 miles (8.2km) including 1200 feet (366m) of ascent, centred on Jubilee Tower, Darwen and Darwen Moor.
The race organised by Jonathan Stubbs of the Darwen Dashers Running Club. (who are long time friends and supporters of the team) has an important aim in raising money for the children’s cardiac charity C.R.Y. (Cardiac Risk in the Young)
It was back in December 1994, that David Staff, who was aged just 17, collapsed and died whilst competing in the Clitheroe 10K – his first race as a senior runner. He died from a condition known as Adult Sudden Death Syndrome, a condition that claims the lives of at least eight youngsters a week, many of them active young athletes. (extract courteous of the Lancashire Evening Telegraph)
Today 142x runners took place in the race starting at 11.30hrs, in wet conditions underfoot and temperatures hovering around 5c.
All runners safely completed the course with no retirements or incidents to report.
In total all six of our Team Vehicles were present today crewed by twenty eight Bolton MRT Call Out list members providing ‘spot pick up crews,’ and maintaining an MRT presence alongside Race Marshalls at the various check points around the route.
This is the last Standby Rescue Cover event for us this year, the team having attended seventeen such events in 2013.