A trail runner fell and injured himself whilst taking part in a 50 mile ultra event that started in Malham village and encompassed the Yorkshire Dales three-peaks. During his descent from the summit of Whernside, the runner lost his footing on steep ground, tumbled over rocks and collided with a dry-stone wall. He suffered cuts to his head and was reported to have lost consciousness for a brief period. He was initially cared for by his companions and an event medic. Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) arrived shortly after CRO, but due to the steep terrain had only been able to land on the summit ridge well above incident site. After further checks of the injured runner by the YAA paramedic, CRO team members placed the runner on a stretcher and brought him down to Bruntscar by a combination of carrying and “sledging” on steep grass. We had agreed that it was easier to descend with the stretcher rather than carry it up to the air ambulance. Near to Bruntscar we were able to hand over care of the runner to a team from North West Ambulance Service.
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