Feb 14 2015
Up to re-establishing its association with this event in 2013, 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 in 2013 to re-establish our involvement with this event by providing standby rescue cover, with an invitation to the team to also cover the event in subsequent years.
This morning for the 08.30hrs early start for this years event, very experienced team member Mike Marsh, alongside Tony Dawson, Neil Haig and Nigel Booth, met up with the organisers for the start at Rivington Village Hall.
By 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 17.45hrs stop to our involvement, whilst other team Call Out list members were out for either the morning or afternoon part, all crewing the vehicles.
Mid afternoon our Land Rovers were joined by our Incident Control Vehicle.
In total sixteen Team Call Out list and five Trainee Team members were present on hand throughout the day until the early evening finish, should any issues arise amongst the 323 x entrants requiring the team. (With the option of calling out the rest of the team should their help also be required)
Central Lancashire RAYNET greatly assisted the West Lancashire Long Distance Walkers Association with the control and administration of the progress of today’s 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, it was a relatively mild 8c, but somewhat chilly and damp, and certainly very wet conditions underfoot.
The event completed with no requirements for the team’s assistance.
The team is happy to provide assistance to this popular distance endurance event and help or friends at West Lancashire Long Distance Walkers Association