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Hundreds of Runners Standed overnight in U.K.

Posted Oct 26 2008 3:07pm

UKrun Police and mountain rescue services have accounted for most of the 2,500 marathon competitors who were stranded overnight by floods.

Many were forced to camp overnight in poor conditions after Britain's toughest endurance event, the Original Mountain Marathon, was abandoned yesterday due to dismal weather.

According to the Telegraph:

"About 2,500 runners were taking part in a two-day mountain marathon near Keswick when they were overcome by high winds, torrential rain and flooding.

Hundreds of marathon runners sheltered overnight in a barn, a school and an activity centre after they were stranded by floods.

The race was abandoned at midday for the first time in its 41-year history as heavy rains flooded the various routes the runners were taking from Seathwaite to Gatesgarth, near Borrowdale.

Torrential downpours in Cumbria also blocked road access between the two points which left the athletes marooned.

Last night, eight flood warnings were in place across Cumbria, according to the Environment Agency"

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