The man was found near Burnbanks at the eastern end of Haweswater. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The man was found near Burnbanks at the eastern end of Haweswater. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

An exhausted runner in the Lake District was rescued after his wife rang Derbyshire police to raise the alarm.

The 46-year-old was attempting to run the Coast to Coast path when he got into difficulties on the Haweswater section on Tuesday.

Penrith Mountain Rescue Team was alerted about 10.20pm.

A team spokesperson said: “Having been on the move for 24 hours, the runner contacted his wife saying he was very cold and was seeking shelter under some trees.

“Unable to contact her husband further due to a poor mobile phone signal, she called Derbyshire police who contacted Cumbria police.”

The Penrith team’s volunteers were called out to search for the runner.

The spokesperson said: “The team were deployed in a series of search patterns and quickly located the missing man in woodland near Burnbanks. He was taken back to Penrith base to await the arrival of his wife and brother.”

The 2½-hour incident involved 27 Penrith MRT members.

The Coast to Coast Walk is a 192-mile long-distance route between St Bees Head in Cumbria and Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire. It was devised by author and fellwalker Alfred Wainwright, and passes through three national parks: the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors.

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