It’s always an incredible day and it’s a wonderful community event that encourages all that take part to improve their fitness over a route that showcases some of the most stunning scenery in the UK, whilst raising money for charities and good causes. Last year saw 1830 people complete the K2B, and 821 walkers took part in the C2B and raised thousands of pounds in the process.
This year’s K2B is a slightly longer route, as the start of the walk is very close to the magical Castlerigg Stone Circle, the original starting point for the walk all those years ago. Over the year’s the starting point has been moved 3 miles out of Keswick to Rough How Bridge to help ease congestion in and out of the town, but to mark the 50th anniversary, the route will now be over 42.65 miles to celebrate the heritage of this fantastic event.
The shorter (but equally worthwhile) C2B was devised in 2010, the idea behind it was to encourage younger children to get involved and to experience a long sponsored walk. A way of easing them in gently if you will (if you can call 20 miles gentle), so as they grow, they can eventually take part in the longer more arduousK2B. It’s a concept that has really grown from strength to strength with more and more people taking part each year.
Of course there are those out there who don’t want to just walk the distance, they’d rather run it instead! The first man home in 2015 was Grant Johnson who completed the route in an incredible 4 hours 12 mins and 30 seconds. Charlotte Finch was the first female finisher in a fantastic time of 5 hours 6 mins and 28 seconds.
But it isn’t all about times, it’s about raising money for local charities and good causes, and however long it takes you to run, walk or drag yourself around the course it’s still one hell of an achievement and something to be proud of.
Teams must have between 6 and 12 members, and team places are limited, and are accepted on a first come first served basis.
So why not get involved? You can get fit, raise lots of money for charity and get to take in some of the best scenery the region has to offer.
For more details about the event please visit www.keswick2barrow.co.uk