Local firm, LARS Communications Limited, has raised in excess of £1500 for local charities, St. John’s Hospice and Unique Kidz and Co, by taking part in the annual Keswick to Barrow walk.
The forty mile walk started at 5.30am just to the south of Keswick, before following a route which takes in Thirlmere, Dunmail Raise, Grasmere, Elterwater, the Langdales, Coniston, Nibthwaite and Lowick. Walkers (and runners) then endure a steep climb up Kirkby Moor before dropping down into Larton, Dalton-in-Furness and finally finishing at the Hawcoat Park Sports Club in Barrow-in-Furness.
The team from LARS, named the LARS Drifters, was made up of Julian Cooper, Donna Tyson, David Barr, Heather Cooper, Emily Barr and Charlotte Mallett. Their combined fund raising efforts have helped to raise over £1500 for the two local charities and Julian was quick to praise the team of walkers; “The team effort has been fantastic and I think I can speak for us all when I say we’ve had a great day – tough but really fulfilling. We’ve walked through some of the most spectacular and challenging locations in Cumbria, and we’ve raised a lot of money for two very worthwhile charities in the process.”
A LARS team comprising Imogen Barr, Sandra Nicholl, Amy Dixon and Rachel Mallett also took part in the Coniston to Barrow walk. The shorter, 21-mile walk was introduced in 2010 and has gone from strength to strength ever since, now attracting over 1000 walkers. The route and timing run in tandem with the K2B from Coniston southwards, so the walkers share the same checkpoints, safety support and stunning Furness scenery as the K2B walkers.