The team led the runner down the path on the east side of Nethermost Pike

The team led the runner down the path on the east side of Nethermost Pike

A competitor on a Lakeland challenge had to be rescued after getting lost on the Helvellyn range.

The man called for help while taking part in a 100km event yesterday and told emergency services he was lost near Grisedale.

A spokesperson for Keswick Mountain Rescue Team said: “This led to the callout being circulated round three other teams before Patterdale team used the Sarloc system to establish that he was in fact on our side of Helvellyn above St John’s Church, Wythburn.”

Four team members set out shortly after 8pm to find the man and bring him back down to the road near Thirlmere so he could be taken back to the event’s headquarters near Windermere.

The Keswick MRT spokesperson said: “It did not help that the phone number the competitor had been given to contact the organisers in the event of mishap was incorrect.

“This meant further work for the team in trying to track down contact details.”

Nine volunteer team members were involved in the rescue, which took 2¼ hours.

The team had earlier been called out after a walker slipped on Blencathra and broke her ankle.

The 57-year-old was with her husband on zigzags on the lower slopes of Scales Fell above Mousthwaite Combe when she slipped on gravel.

Team members set off to help the walker and in the meantime the crew of a Sea King helicopter from RAF Leconfield in east Yorkshire, which was in the area for a training exercise, offered to help in the rescue.

A Keswick MRT spokesperson said: “They set down a paramedic who assessed the casualty, and then winched the lady aboard for transport to the West Cumberland Hospital.

“The team then assisted her husband down to retrieve their car from the Blencathra Centre.”

The rescue involved 17 team members.

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