Running group rescued by mountain volunteers

Mountain rescue teams help fell runners who got stuck in the Peak District
Mountain rescue teams help fell runners who got stuck in the Peak District
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A group of fell runners had to be rescued after getting into difficulties on a windswept and rain-lashed Peak District moor.

Two mountain rescue teams were called out to retrieve a female runner who had fallen, bruising her legs. Hypothermia then set in.

The group of runners had started to struggle on Cartledge Stones Ridge between the Upper Derwent Valley and Strines before their leader called 999 asking for help.

Woodhead and Edale Mountain rescue teams responded to the incident at the weekend – which took three hours to complete because of hazardous weather conditions.

A spokesman for the Woodhead team said: “On arriving at the initial rendezvous point a two-man advance party was dispatched to get to the casualty, who was some 5km away, as quickly as possible.

“Fighting driving rain and gale force winds, it took the advance party just under an hour to get to the runners.

“It was found that one of the party, a female from the Manchester area and aged in her 30s, was suffering leg bruising after a fall which had subsequently led to mild hypothermia setting in.

“The runner was given food, a hot drink and warm dry clothes while waiting for the stretcher party to arrive.”

Two of the other runners were walked off the hill to safety by some of the volunteers.

A third runner helped to carry the casualty, who was wrapped in a warm bag, the 5km back on a mountain rescue stretcher.

They were met by an ambulance on the main road and the runner was checked over by paramedics.

She was later released to go home.

More than 20 volunteers from the teams – which are among the busiest of their kind in the country – were involved in the rescue on Saturday.

Members praised the runners for making extra preparations before setting out and said it could have prevented the situation from becoming much worse.

Woodhead team member Ian Winterburn added: “The runners were very well prepared for the conditions – they had extra clothing, shelter and food with them.

“The good sensible decisions they made early on, combined with being prepared for the worst case scenario, stopped a bad situation from becoming so much worse.”