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Hundreds take part in Haweswater Half

The half-marathon takes runners alongside Haweswater Credit: ITV Border

Runners from all over the UK braved wind and snow during the annual Haweswater half-marathon. The route starts in the village of Bampton and heads out on roads that run the length of Haweswater, between Penrith and Shap in Cumbria. It's the 14th year of the race, which is organised by Eden Runners.

"As a club we are proud to welcome runners from all over and are pleasantly surprised at how far some people travel to run in the race that over the years has gained a fantastic reputation. The course is stunning and a significant part of the race has the glorious backdrop of the remote mountain valley and the shores of Haweswater."

– Andy Sharples, Eden Runners

James Buis from Carlisle was the first man across the line and Heidi Dent from Kirkby Stephen was the first woman to finish the race.

The man who trekked across the Namib Desert

Dr Andrew Murray has just returned from running 550 kilometres across one of the most inhospitable places on the planet.

He gave a talk about his time trekking across the Namib desert at the Peebles outdoor film festival

Organisers hoped the festival, which they have said was a success, would encourage more people to make the most of the great outdoors.


Triple Olympian visits Cumbrian Schools Games

Chris Tomlinson at today's event Credit: ITV Border

Triple Olympian Chris Tomlinson visited the first day of the Cumbrian Schools Games' Spring Festival.

Over 200 hundred children from across the county attended today's event in Penrith, with another day of games set for tomorrow.

The former British long jump record holder took time to pass on tips to those participating, offering encouragement to possible future gold medalists.

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Second Over 40’s football event

Participants at Sunday's event Credit: Cumberland FA

Cumberland FA hosted its second Over 40’s football event of the season at Maryport on Sunday.

Four teams from across the County participated in the two 50 minute games at Netherhall Community Sports Centre.

The first game saw Bush Wanderers FC draw with Westfield FC, with the game ending one-one. But Frizington Whitestar were victorious in the second, when they took on Howard Rangers FC.

Organisers said the event was intended to be fun.

“All of the games were played in a competitive but fair manner with the emphasis very much on all players enjoying playing the game that they love and enjoy”.

– Paul Jennings, Football Development Officer
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