The Keswick to Barrow Walk is a 40 mile sponsored walking and running event in the English Lake District. Teams of between 6 and 12 members test
themselves on a challenging route, to raise money for charities and good causes and 2015 marks the 49th year that the event has taken place. Chris
McGuire and Liz Hickingbotham were members of a ten-strong team of ladies brought together from across the country who set out to beat the previous
course record of 8 hours 46 minutes set by Team Alice Ladies in 2014. The team, running under the name of Jaffa Cakes & Jelly Babies, performed spectacularly well with their front runner,Charlotte Finch, winning the First Lady Home and setting a new course record of 5 hours 06 minutes. Chris & Liz ran a time of 6 hours 51 minutes and ran a well-managed pace through-out. Unlike previous recent years, the weather was kind for most of the day and everyone set out in light drizzle at 5.30am. There were periods of clear sunshine and light breeze for most of the morning and the LMAC members were able to take a sandwich-break at the half-way point to fuel themselves through to the end. The K2B takes part almost entirely on roads and runs through the length of the Lake District taking participants
from Keswick along Thirlmere, through Grasmere Village, past Elterwater to Coniston, down the length of Consiton Water to Lowick and then up over Kirkby
Moor into Marton, Dalton and finally Barrow itself. For those that feel that 40 miles is too far, there is a 23 mile walk from Consiton to Barrow (C2B) that takes place at the same time as the K2B. Both events are extremely well organised and marshalled with supplies, water, first aid and toilets available at regular places along the route. Plenty of support from members of the public helped all of the participants to achieve their goals and to reach the finish line in Barrow where a Pie & Peas and a Pint were served at Hawcoat Sports & Social Club where music was playing and bouncy castles added to the carnival atmosphere.