Date: 19 January 2019
Location: Hareshaw Head, near Bellingham
Yesterday morning we responded to our fourth incident of the week alongside North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team. As the last few competitors in the Montane Spine Race headed north from Bellingham, one of them collapsed on the moors just north of Hareshaw Head. A fellow competitor discovered the collapsed competitor and raised the alarm with the event organisers.
Mountain Rescue were requested through Northumbria Police and the two teams immediately responded. Two 4×4 ambulances were swiftly dispatched from the respective bases whilst other members travelled directly to the RVP.
The Spine Race’s safety team including two Doctors were on scene and administered emergency care to the competitor. This left the teams to manage the evacuation on a Bell stretcher across the moor to the nearest road.
The North East Ambulance Service were also involved in the incident.
We hope the competitor makes a full and swift recovery and we’d like to thank the fellow competitor for providing care before the arrival of the Spine Race safety team.
The incident involved 21 members for 3 hours 8 minutes.