More than 400 runners and walkers take part in Wensleydale Wander

The start in Grove Square, Leyburn.

More than 400 runners and walkers took place in the Wensleydale Wander which was held on Saturday.

Organised by Wensleydale Rotary, the event has been running for more than 20 years.

With a choice of two circular walks through Wensleydale — one a 23-mile challenge and a shorter one of 12 miles, both starting and finishing in Leyburn — the event has become an established event attracting both runners and walkers.

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 Mr David Spashett from Grove Square in Leyburn

The weather was good for both, the recent windy weather had helped to make the route much drier and easier than was anticipated earlier in the week after the rains we had at the start of the month.

The weather on the day was dry in the morning but there was some rain in the afternoon.

Visibility on the whole was good however, The fastest male for the short route was Mathew Ansell in one hour and 29 minutes.

The fastest female on the short route was Julia Morgan on one hour and 45 minutes.

For the majority of walkers, with time to have a relaxed and sociable walk, while enjoying the views, this was another great day. The finish line for both groups was at Wensleydale School where the excellent home-made soups and cakes were very much appreciated by everyone.

The event raised over £5,500, which will be divided between the principal charity Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Wensleydale Rotary’s other local charities. A presentation was made during the event to Tessa Klemz, regional fundraising manager North and East for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.