Rescuers used the team's Land Rover to bring the injured runner from the hill. Photo: Glossop MRT

Rescuers used the team's Land Rover to bring the injured runner from the hill. Photo: Glossop MRT

Mountain rescuers were called out to help an injured runner taking part in the Montane Spine Race.

Glossop Mountain Rescue Team was alerted about 6.40pm on Sunday when race safety officials requested the team’s help for the woman who suffered a leg injury in Torside Clough on the northern slopes of Bleaklow.

Team members who were with the race safety officials at Reaps in Longdendale made their way up Torside Clough. Glossop MRT spokesman Peter Józefczyk said: “On arrival they were able to carry out first aid and give shelter to the female competitor.

“The rest of the team made their way up the Land Rover track to Glossop Low shooting cabins, where they deployed the stretcher and other equipment.

Torside Clough, scene of the rescue. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Torside Clough, scene of the rescue. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

“On arrival they were able to give pain relief for a lower leg injury. The female was put into a hypothermia blanket and casualty bag.

“The team carried the stretcher to the vehicles back at Glossop Low and the woman was driven back down the track. An ambulance was requested, but there would have been a long delay, so the team decided to drive the female on to Tameside Hospital.”

The Montane Spine Race is dubbed Britain’s most brutal ultrarunning event, and involves attempting the full 420km (268-mile) length of the Pennine Way national trail in winter conditions.

Glossop MRT member Alasdair Cowell won the Montane Spine MRT Race, a special event open only to active mountain rescue team members and run along the southern 172km (108-mile) part of the course, between Edale in the Peak District and Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales.

He finished on Sunday evening in a time of 33hrs 40mins 4secs, almost an hour ahead of second-placed Andy Jackson of the Clapham-based Cave Rescue Organisation.

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