The man had to abondon his run between Pen-y-ghent and Ribbledead. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The man had to abondon his run between Pen-y-ghent and Ribbledead. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

A fellrunner was found unharmed after he went missing during a challenge in the Yorkshire Dales.

The 63-year-old man was attempting the 39km (24-mile) Yorkshire Three Peaks routre when he suffered a minor injury, forcing him to abort his run.

A search was sparked when he failed to turn up at his finish point.

The Clapham-based Cave Rescue Organisation was called out about 5.50pm on Thursday when the alarm was raised.

A spokesperson said the runner had begun his challenge at Ribblehead and summited Whernside and Ingleborough before descending to Horton in Ribblesdale. He left the village shortly before 12.40pm, heading for the final peak Pen-y-ghent, hoping to finish his run two hours later.

“Descending from Pen-y-ghent, he had sustained a slight knee injury and decided to drop down to Horton, rather than continuing to Ribblehead,” the spokesperson said.

“Travelling light, he had no means of contacting the people waiting for him at Ribblehead. After five hours, they reported him missing. Roads and main tracks having been driven, CRO members and a [Search and Rescue Dogs Association] dog were being deployed on foot, when he was found, unharmed, in Horton.”

The callout was the team’s 89th incident of the year.

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