Rescuers sledge the injured runner down the fellside. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers sledge the injured runner down the fellside. Photo: Keswick MRT

A runner was rescued after injuring herself in a slip while descending a Lake District fell during a mountain marathon.

The 27-year-old was making her way down Raise Beck from Grisedale Tarn when she slipped on wet rock.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was alerted about 10.50am on Sunday.

A spokesperson said: “Reports initially suggested she had an ankle injury but was mobile and might just need walking off.

“A vehicle with four team members headed up to Dunmail raise and walked up to the casualty followed shortly after by four event marshals.

“It was quickly obvious that she was unable to walk and was splinted and given pain relief before being put on the stretcher. It was decided that the direct path down to Dunmail Raise was too rocky and slippery so we crossed the beck and sledged the stretcher down through the grassy terrain of Willie Wife Moor.”

The injured runner was then put in an ambulance at Dunmail Raise and taken to hospital for further treatment.

The rescue lasted about 3½ hours and involved 10 volunteers from Keswick MRT.

The previous day, the team was called out when a walker slipped and injured his leg while walking between Ullscarf and Blea Tarn.

The spokesperson said: “Two vehicles were dispatched, making their way to the Harrop Tarn area above Thirlmere. From here it was on foot up to the remote area of Standing Crag where the casualty was found.

“After pain relief and treatment the casualty was sledged and carried down to Dobgill car park where a friend drove him to hospital.”

The incident lasted almost 3¼ hours and involved 14 team members.

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