Almost 350 runners and walkers take part in Wensleydale Wander

The start of the Wensleydale Wander.

Almost 350 runners and walkers took part in this year’s Wensleydale Wander.

The event is run Wensleydale Rotary Club for more than 20 years.

There is a choice of two circular walks, one a 23 mile challenge and a shorter one of 12 miles, both starting and finishing in Leyburn

Organisers say many runners use the event as preparation for events such as the London Marathon.

Communication between the checkpoints was provided by Raynet-UK which is the UK’s national voluntary communications service provided for the community by licensed radio amateurs.

Registration for the event took place at Wensleydale School and both groups were set on their way by club president Mrs Wilkinson from Grove Square in Leyburn

A spokesperson for the club said: “This years event was well supported with a turnout of 346 runners and walkers showing a good increase on last year.

“The weather was ideal for both, with the sun shining and visibility excellent, so perfect for enjoying the great views, though the ground was soft and muddy in places.

“For the majority of walkers, with time to have a relaxed and sociable walk, while enjoying the views, this was another great day.”

The fastest male time for the longer route was three hours and one minute achieved by Harry Muir, Mathew Hayes and Lee Atherstone, the fastest female was Heather Ford on three hours  and 39 minutes.

Harry Muir, Mathew Hayes and Lee Athersmith, quickest men on the long route.

Paul Simpson was the first home on the shorter route on one hour 43 minutes closely followed by Nicola Simpson on one hour 44 minutes

The finish line for both groups was at Wensleydale School where organisers say the home-made soups and cakes were very much appreciated by everyone.

The event raised over £3,600, which will be divided between principal charity Yorkshire Air Ambulance, BlueBoxt, and our other local charities.