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The latest outdoor news updated throughout the day courtesy of grough.co.uk
Record-breaking climber Nims Purja is star speaker at February Fort William festival Fri, 17 Jan 2020 20:45:10
A mountaineer who summited all 14 of the world’s highest peaks in record time is the star speaker at the Fort William Mountain Festival.

Nirmal Purja, a former Gurkha special forces member, completed the ascent of the 8,000m mountains in less than seven months – a feat that more commonly takes seven years.


Woman fined £2,000 for damaging healthy tree in Yorkshire Dales village Fri, 17 Jan 2020 17:14:18
Magistrates have fined a woman £2,000 for severely cutting back a healthy tree in a national park conservation area.

Margaret Taylor of High Laning caravan and campsite in Dent, Cumbria, will also have pay the £1,322.50 legal costs of Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority plus a surcharge of £170


Fastest Briton Sabrina Verjee takes women’s trophy in Spine Race Thu, 16 Jan 2020 21:05:09
Sabrina Verjee has taken the women’s trophy in the Montane Spine Race.

The runner reached the finish at Kirk Yetholm in a total time of 108hrs 7mins 17secs


Spine Race runner stretchered from fells after being found at High Cup Nick Thu, 16 Jan 2020 16:55:05
A competitor in the Montane Spine Race had to be stretchered from the fells after becoming disoriented in the dark.

Penrith Mountain Rescue Team was called out at 7am on Wednesday to High Cup Nick in the North Pennines to aid the 51-year-old runner


John Kelly takes Spine Race victory by a margin of more than 30 miles Wed, 15 Jan 2020 23:54:43
Runner John Kelly has scored a resounding victory in the Montane Spine Race.

The USA athlete had an unassailable lead as he approached the finish at Kirk Yetholm on Wednesday night


Cairngorm rescuers’ ‘rant’ after 16-mile walk in storm to find walker safe in bothy Tue, 14 Jan 2020 19:38:14
A rescue team leader described as ‘a total waste of our resources’ an incident in which its members battled driving sleet in Storm Brendan to reach a walker, only to find him in his sleeping bag in a bothy.

Willie Anderson made the remark after Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team ended up walking 16 miles in the teeth of the storm on Monday night when the man, in his 20s rang 999


‘Loyalty card’ quip as Dales cavers rescued for second time in less than four weeks Tue, 14 Jan 2020 16:36:13
Four cavers were rescued after spending more than 24 hours underground when rising water trapped them in a Dales system.

Rescuers said the fact the group was carrying emergency equipment probably helped save their lives


Race for Spine Race lead hots up as temperatures set to plunge Mon, 13 Jan 2020 16:56:56
The race for the lead of the Montane Spine Race is hotting up as runners face freezing temperatures and 70mph gusts.

John Kelly of the USA set a fast pace during the first 24 hours of the event, which involves running the full 268 miles of the Pennine Way


Montane Spine Challenger runners face 80mph winds at start of Pennine Way race Fri, 10 Jan 2020 21:20:23
Runners face forecast winds of up to 80mph as they begin a winter challenge up the Pennine Way.

Almost 100 competitors are expected to make the start of the Montane Spine Challenger Race on Saturday, with 174km (108 miles) of brutal terrain and weather ahead of them


Yorkshire Dales staff to host information event for youth expedition leaders Fri, 10 Jan 2020 16:35:53
National park officers are inviting youth expedition leaders to a free event in the Yorkshire Dales.

A Walk in the Park is aimed at providing information for those organising Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Scouts or Girlguiding expeditions in the area


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