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This weekend will see myself, staff from FMB and friends attempt the 48th Keswick to Barrow (K2B) walk; where “Team FMB” will be walking 40 miles to raise money for our nominated charity, South Lakeland Hydrotherapy Trust (Sandgate Hydrotherapy Pool).

Therefore I thought I would write my latest blog about what we have to look forward to on Saturday (10th May).

After reading into the history of the event, the idea for it originated from within Barrow Shipyards in April 1967, when the Commanding Officer of HMS Resolution was challenged to form a team and walk from Keswick to Barrow. Since this time, the event has grown significantly and the numbers of walkers (and runners!) has steadily increased, and to date over 2 million miles have now been covered over the route.

We will be leaving our Shenstone offices at 4.30am, hoping for fair weather, in order to arrive at the start point at Rough How Bridge just south of Keswick for 5.30am. From here we begin our arduous task of covering the miles all the way to Barrow. Whilst we fully expect this to be a challenge, in addition to having the support of all the other walkers and our FMB colleagues, we will have a number of things to look forward to as our route takes us through some of the finest landscapes in Cumbria.

We begin along the banks of Thirlmere, at the foot of Helvellyn, before descending down Dunmail Raise and through the Lakeland villages of Grasmere and Elterwater. Here we can enjoy the views and surrounds of the Langdale Valley before reaching the eastern shores of Coniston.

Although we will pass a number of checkpoints along the way, a major ‘milestone’ is Machells Coppice which represents the halfway stage - and a likely stop for lunch!!

We will then continue south to Lowick before facing the climb up and over Kirkby Moor, before descending into Dalton-in-Furness. By this time we will have just four miles to go until the finish at Hawcoat Park Sports Club on the outskirts of Barrow.

Although we are not setting out to break any records, we hope to have completed the 40 mile route within 12/13 hours, having a few laughs along the way and most importantly raising money for a good cause. I would like to thank all of the people who have sponsored our team, and we are grateful of any donation - no matter how big or small!

If you would like to make a donation, you can do so either via our office, or securely via the K2B Website - and search for any of our team members (by surname): Chris Hill, Liz Beavis, Katie Johnson, Irene Davis or Helen Lishman.

If you are keen to find out how “Team FMB” get on, keep an eye out on our website for an update after the event. Thank you for all of your support!!

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