Trail runners gather in Askham as part of the Grand Day Out. Photo: James Kirby

Trail runners gather in Askham as part of the Grand Day Out. Photo: James Kirby

A day of activities aimed at raising cash for victims of the Cumbria floods and the county’s mountain rescue teams brought in double organisers’ target.

The Grand Day Out was originally planned as a single event, but grew into a programme of more than 20 events across the Lake District.

Saturday’s events across the area included guided walks, trail runs, film screenings, music performances, outdoor skills sessions, mountain bike rides and a charity auction and raffle.

Money will go to the Cumbria Community Foundation and the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association.

Tom Rumsey, one of the organisers of Grand Day Out Cumbria, said: “It’s incredible how people have got behind this.

“It has been a phenomenal response and I can only thank everyone that has come along and the amazing team that put this together. I’m simply blown away by this show of community spirit.”

Andy Beeforth, Cumbria Community Foundation’s chief executive said: “I saw it all unfolding on Facebook and it was a great way to put the spotlight on the county.

“It’s nice to having something that shows off and reminds people of why they should come here and visit. Plus it’s great that it was raising money for the community who need it. We really appreciate what they’ve done.”

Mr Rumsey said more events are planned for later in the year.

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