Honister opened the doors for locals and visitors alike last weekend to celebrate our environment and simply say “thank you” for the support over the years. Engaging with King Kong to host the first ever U.K. Fell Race incorporating a section through some mine workings. Over 120 competitors entered the challenge and simply raved about the event as they finished and reflected afterward with a glass of “Thirst Quencher” beer kindly donated from the Keswick Brewery company.
First across the line was “Jimbo” Davies, 2nd Matt Reedy, 3rd Tom Gibbs. First lady was Kirsty Mounsey in 6th place overall. Keswick Rugby team had Lewis Tompson taking part showing the close partnership of the 2 organisations as Honister is the sponsor for Keswick Rugby team this year.
There were all ages participating with the ever inspiring Lesley Malarkey celebrating her 70 birthday recently and coming in 28th place. . Justin Weir local youth and resident in Borrowdale and also part of the family.
In the “T Pee” afterwards celebrations went on with the music supplied from “Bowie Beak and Powney”, followed by the Kasios filling the dance floor and culminating with D.J. Paul and glow sticks to the end at midnight. All with the help of Fluid Productions. The sunset was magical and we saw people capturing the moment for posterity in amongst the sculptures.
Gordy Oliver who manages the Buttermere Paragliding event each May with AirVentures efficiently manned the bar and took care of the supporters who were a mix of local and from out of county. Local food providers were Mansergh Hall Farm and Vegan food from Wild Zucchinis Bistro in Cockermouth. Transport to and from the event was sponsored by Honister and provided by Stagecoach.
This was ran as a not for profit event with all proceeds going to Amy’s Care in Ireby, Wigton who actually had participants in the fell race and Keswick Lyons who helped majestically with car parking on the day.
Donations in many ways came from local Lake District Businesses which have been a huge contribution to raising awareness for the event and resulting in funds for the two benefiting organisations. Below is a list of the businesses that has donated these wonderful prizes. Thanks Again to everyone, none of it would have been possible without the help of all.
The George Hotel
Alpacaly Ever After
Insta and facebook; @alpacalyeverafter
Cottage In The Woods
The Lingholm Estate
Facebook & insta @thelingholmkitchen
Facebook @TheCopperminesLakes ottages
Trout Hotel Cockermouth
The Chalet Portinscale
Chris Jones Gyroplanes Kirkbride
Facebook and Twitter @reayscoaches
facebook and twitter @muncastercastle
Derwent Water Marina
The Fish Inn Buttermere