Can You Grin n Bear it For Woodhead MRT?

Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team's eighth annual Grin n' Bear It event is being held on the Peak District moors Saturday 1 November, with courses to suit both fell runners and hillwalkers.

One course for walkers and another for fell runners, 166 kb
One course for walkers and another for fell runners
© Gordon Gibbons,

This popular challenge is the major fundraising event for Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team.

There are two routes this year, a 25km fell race or a 17km walk. Essentials for both include poor weather route finding skills using route description, map and compass, plus appropriate clothing & footwear.

Entries in advance are £10, or £12 on the day (walk only). Under 16s must be part of a group and have permission to take part. All proceeds go to support Woodhead MRT.

All in the name of fun - and a good cause, 233 kb
All in the name of fun - and a good cause
© Gordon Gibbons,

From its base on the northern edge of the Peak District the team's patch includes some of the toughest uplands in the National Park. 

'We cover the moors above Langsett in South and West Yorkshire and Derbyshire' says team secretary Phil Newing.

'We also cover urban areas and we have been involved in many searches for missing and vulnerable persons and we played a major role in rescuing stranded motorists in the snow at South Anston a few years ago.'

'Raising funds for small teams like ours is always a struggle and we very much appreciate the support we receive from members of the public. We operate to the same exceptionally high professional standards of all teams in Mountain Rescue and our equipment costs and running costs are similar to those of larger teams.'

For more info on Grin n' Bear It see the event website.

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