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26th May 2009 LOCAL WALKING GROUP TO THE RESCUE
Members of the Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team will be receiving a cash boost to income this year as organisers of the Northumbria Group Long Distance Walkers Association make changes.
The ‘Durham Dales’ is an annual challenge event held in June for walkers and runners to complete a course of either 16 or 30 miles within 12 hours. The event is popular not only for the route over outstanding countryside but for the refreshments supplied throughout, allowing walkers to carry the minimum requirements and a slightly lighter pack. We would like to encourage walkers/runners who have not experienced a challenge event before or indeed never completed the distances to enter as we provide full back up between fellow walkers and of course safety cover from the Teesdale and Weardale Search & Rescue Team.
2009 brings the event into it’s 20th year (due to foot and mouth we were unable to hold the event in 2001 and in 1999 we organised a 100 mile event in Northumberland so the Durham Dales did not take place) and we are hoping to receive a larger response than in previous years, the more people who enter the greater the funds collected to pass onto the Search Team.
Chris McDowell, Northumbria Long Distance Walkers Association Group Secretary and organiser said: “Just like the Northumbria LDWA, The Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team is an organisation run completely by volunteers. The Search Team is always on standby throughout the event to offer saftety cover. Over previous years they have proved to be an invaluable source of support. Organising walks like these encourages walkers from all over the country to take part safely in a well supported event and we then have the opportunity to show off our fantastic countryside. By way of thanks our organisation made the decision to donate fifty pence from every entry received to the Teesdale and Weardale Team. Please come along and enjoy a day out in beautiful countryside and help support a valuable community service”.
Teesdale & Weardale Group Leader, Richard Warne said: “Teesdale & Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team actively encourages responsible use of the County's upland areas and fells. The Durham Dales hold some of the most beautiful, remote and wildest landscapes in the country and we are proud to support the Durham Dales Challenge in showcasing the area and promoting outdoor recreation in a safe and enjoyable manner’”
He continued: “The Teesdale & Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team covers one of the largest areas of any rescue team in the country and attends over fifty call-outs every year; helping people from all walks of life in many different situations right across the county - not just up on the fells. The ever increasing demands upon the service we provide to the people of County Durham and beyond inevitably means increased costs which have to be met by donations, as our team of dedicated volunteers receive no central government funding. To this end we are extremely grateful to the Northumbria Long Distance Walkers Association in their pledge to donate fifty pence from each challenge entry to our cause. For more information on the rescue team and the work we do, please visit our website at www.twsmrt.org.uk ”
For further information contact Chris McDowell Group Secretary on 07747 635716.
Entry forms and route descriptions can be downloaded from the group website at http://www.walknortheast.org.uk/
Notes For Editor Teesdale
& Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team are affiliated to the "Mountain
Rescue - England and Wales". We provide a Search and Rescue service throughout
County Durham and beyond primarily for the Police but also for the other emergency
services. All Team members are volunteers and we rely on monies raised by ourselves
as a registered charity to run the Team. Further details regarding our latest
callouts and Team information can be found on our website www.twsmrt.org.uk