Feb Saturday 8 2014
Upto re-establishing its association with this event last year, the team had 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.
In 2012, 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 year to re-establish our involvement with this event by providing standby rescue cover, with an invitation to the team to also cover the event for this years event, which was a very special occasion for the organisers, marking 40 years of running this event.
This morning for the 08.00hrs early start for this years event, very experienced team member Mike Marsh met up with the organisers for the start at Rivington Village Hall.
Then commencing at 09.15hrs we had all four of our Land Rover Mountain Rescue Ambulances available with some team Call Out list members out all day until the 17.40hrs stop to our involvement, whilst other team Call Out list members were out for either the morning or afternoon part, all crewing the vehicles.
In total nineteen Team Call Out list members were present on hand throughout the day, until the early evening finish, should any issues arise amongst the 320x 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.
Weather wise, well it was rainy and windy, very rainy and windy to be precise, with equally very wet conditions underfoot.
The event completed with no requirements for the teams assistance.
The team is happy to provide assistance to this popular distance endurance event and help West Lancashire Long Distance Walkers Association.