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Ken Blakeman

It was with the deepest sadness that members of Buxton M.R.T. learnt of the sudden death of Kinder team member and Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation Chairman, Ken Blakeman.

Ken, aged 69, from Great Moor, Stockport, had been a stalwart of Kinder team for over 40 years and was the team’s Chairman.  He was also Chairman of the Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation, helping to guide not only his own team, but also the other six teams that make up the organization.

Ken collapsed on the hill during a call-out on the afternoon …

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He did it! Seven Marathons in Seven Days

Marathon Man, Ben Brindly finished his seventh marathon on Saturday afternoon with the Ladybower Trail.  A mere 3,200 feet of ascent with 26.2 miles bringing his total for the week to over 180 miles. 










There were lots of people at the finishing point under Derwent Dam to welcome him home.  Team members had tried to meet Ben somewhere on each of his marathon days and a few more were waiting at the very end.

The whole event has …

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Emergency Services Day Success

Despite the weather taking a turn for the worse the Emergency Services Day held in Pavilion Gardens, Buxton on Sunday was a real success.

Owing to the temporary marquee on the promenade the show wasn’t a big as usual but it still attracted hundreds of people even on an overcast and sometimes damp day.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service was there in force with some very expensive looking vehicles and Derbyshire Cave Rescue Organisation provided an instant pot-hole for young people to try out their skills.

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Day Two — 7 marathons in 7 days!

Yes, he’s off on day one of a truly marathon event, seven marathons in a week, to raise money for Buxton Mountain Rescue Team.

Ben Brindley, of Tideswell, believes the work the rescue team does is amazing and wants to help them out by raising money and awareness. The 33-year-old said: “They are an emergency service but rely solely on donation. I have always given to the charity as an insurance policy but now I want to do more.”

Previously, the most the dad-of-one had run in a …

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Queen’s Birthday Honour for team member.

A Team Member for 42 years, Peter Farrer, of Chapel en le Frith, has been made a Member of the British Empire by H.M. The Queen for his services to Mountain Rescue.

Peter has always been a keen hill going member but a recent injury has prevented his attendance at any call-outs this year (apart from the one when we went to rescue him of course!).

Peter has always been one of those who beavers away in the background and without who’s dedication mountain rescue couldn’t operate.  He served on the management committee of Buxton …

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Rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb

Who would think there’s money in rhubarb? 

However, one team supporter has raised over £30 for team funds through selling her surplus rhubarb.  I didn’t dare ask what makes it taste so good!

Many thanks.

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Isla – 18 month progress report

Isla our 18 month old trainee Search And Rescue Dog Association search dog and is the personal pet of team member, Mark Williams.
Mark and Isla have now been training together for around 14 months.  It is a real roller coaster of emotions with lots of high when the training goes well and frustrating when you think it will go well and dog just doesn’t do what you want / expect.
Isla has now progressed to doing returns.   Which means …

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Forest Chapel, a special service

Sunday 5th June.  A beautiful summers day set a glorious backdrop for the service attended by around fifty people in one of the most scenic churches in the Peak District. This was the setting for the third year of what has become an annual service kindly dedicated to Buxton MRT. 

The service was led by the Reverend Steve Rathbone who himself is a trainee member of the Buxton team and a keen cyclist. This cycling connection led to the concluding song being …

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A cycling tribute to raise funds

Born in 1916, in Consett, County Durham, Thomas Rees, like many others, started work down the coal mine.  Sadly an accident stopped him working and as part of his recuperation he took a holiday n Newhaven, Sussex and whilst there bought a bike to cycle home on.

On the way home he called at the Swan Inn in Chailey, Sussex, and met a young woman named Mary who was buying a jug of beer for her father.  To cut a long story short Thomas and Mary married in 1941 and …

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Teams in Joint Goyt Valley exercise

The Goyt Valley near Buxton is a very popular rambling and dog-walking area and is busy on most days of the week all year round.

The valley includes two reservoirs, numerous paths and tracks to the tops of the hills and hundreds of acres of forest and dense vegetation.  Dealing with a known location accident in the area would be bad enough but the report of someone missing would cause a significant problem and too big to handle for any one team.

Consequently, at the weekend, Kinder M.R.T. joined forces with …

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