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National Park staff go that extra mile

Susan Hampshire

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Peak District National Park Derwent Reservoirs Howden Reservoir Mend our Mountains

Peak District National Park staff are going the extra mile to raise money for vital conservation work by tackling the 10 mile Dambusters race on Saturday June 30 around Derwent and Howden Reservoirs.

Part of the money raised will go to the Mend our Mountains campaign started by the British Mountaineering Council in an effort to raise £1million for National Park footpath restoration work from the Cairngorms to Dartmoor. Choosing which footpaths would be repaired was hard enough. The next challenge was the fundraising.

It was this thought that led Tia Crouch, senior research and monitoring officer at Moors for the Future Partnership, to decide to enter the Dambusters 10 mile race.

‘My family and I often visit the reservoirs and moors of the Peak District to spend time together in a peaceful place. When I heard about the Dambusters run, I thought the challenge would be a brilliant opportunity for the three of us to get fit together and raise money for a good cause. I’ve never really run before so training has been hard, but as a family we’re really enjoying it, with my son Leo, who’s four, cycling alongside me and my partner.’

Employees of the moorland conservation partnership and other staff in the Peak District National Park Authority will be running  to raise funds for Cut Gate track repairs and also for The Great Ridge, which runs from Mam Tor to Lose Hill in the Hope Valley.

Sarah Fowler, Chief Executive of the Peak District National Park Authority said:"The Peak District National Park is important to so many people. As the original national park, it was founded on fierce public belief that access to this special place should be open for all. The Mend our Mountains campaign reflects the phenomenal will today to ensure access to these special places is as sustainable as possible, safeguarding this access for future generations. The improvements to the Cut Gate path will help protect an iconic route across the moors of the Peak District National Park.’

The race organiser, Peakrunners, is kindly donating half of the Partnership participants’ race entry to the BMC campaign and staff will be pestering friends and family to donate to the campaign as well.

If you have ever, like Tia, been mesmerised by the beauty and uniqueness of the Peak District National Park, please donate to the Mend our Mountains campaign and help to keep it special for many years to come.

If you want to know more about healing the landscapes you love, visit the Mend our Mountains website https://mendmountains.thebmc.co.uk/

Runners will start at 9:30am on 30th June 2018 at Fairholmes near Ladybower Reservoir, passing the south end of Cut Gate path. Why not come and support them? There will be an opportunity find out more about just how vital the moors are, as well as fun activities and a chance to talk to the people involved.