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  1. Monday 24 April 2017
  2. Fundraiser's 100 marathons in 100 days
  3. Carlisle teenager says GPs should be more aware of cancer risk
  4. £1.7m jobs drive begins in west Cumbria

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Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We've now finished posting news, travel reports and one or two other nuggets from around the county, for today.  Here's a reminder: 

We celebrated Gary McKee's achievement of raising £60,000 for a charity by running 100 marathons in 100 days, finished with London

We heard how a Carlisle teenager's written to every GP in the county about the need to be aware that young people can also suffer bowel cancer

And record numbers of people are now coming to Cumbria up the West Coast Main Line by train

We'll be back to do it again from 08:00 tomorrow.  As always, if you want to pass on news you think we should know, or share a photo with the county, you can email them to ussend them using Twitter where we're @bbc_cumbria or head to our Facebook page.  

Have a very good evening.

Weather: Chance of a wintry shower, then a frosty night

BBC Weather

One or two wintry showers are likely this evening, but these will soon stop leaving a clear and frosty night for most of us. The temperature will drop to 0C (32F).

Weather graphic

You can find the latest weather forecast for where you are, here.

China Forum pipped at post for award

Bad news about the Lake District China Forum, which as we told you earlier was shortlisted for a national award.

It lost out to Blenheim Palace for a marketing prize given by Visit England.

Jennifer Cormack from the forum said they were still delighted with the national recognition of being shortlisted.

Travel: Signals hitch delays southbound trains

BBC News Travel

Trains running south out of Scotland through Cumbria are about 15 minutes late because of a signalling problem between Carlisle and Carstairs.

Copeland mayor 'impressed with St Bees School plans'

The mayor of Copeland, Mike Starkie, says he's impressed with the plans to reopen St Bees School, which closed in 2015 after a cash crisis.

Mr Starkie pictured centre with Mark George, chair of governors (left) and Danny Wang, of Funding Circle Education
Copeland BC

Mr Starkie pictured (centre) with Mark George, chair of governors (left), and Danny Wang, of Funding Circle Education, was at an open day at the weekend to meet the school's new Chinese partners. 

The mayor said: "I believe St Bees can come back stronger than ever, and become one of the pre-eminent independent schools in the north."

China visitors drive shortlisted for national award

A marketing campaign to bring more Chinese visitors to the Lake District could win a national award later.

The China Forum, which involves 10 hotels and attractions, was set up two years ago.

It now employs Chinese-speaking experts in marketing and social media and is one of four finalists in the Visit England awards, which will be announced in London.

China Forum logo
China Forum

See yourself finish the London Marathon

Did you, or a friend, run the London Marathon?

This shows all the finishers from 2hrs 30min to 6hrs.

To see yourself or someone you know, all you need is to set it running and spin forward to their finishing time...

Travel: Crash slows southbounders on M6 near Carlisle

BBC News Travel

Police say they're responding to reports of an accident on the southbound M6 between junctions 44 and 43.

Your photos: Cherry blossom in Whitehaven

Derek Sykes was kind enough to send us this picture of cherry blossom at Whitehaven's St Nicholas church. We're grateful.

Cherry blossom
Derek Sykes

If you'd like to to share your stories and photos, you can email them to ussend them using Twitter where we're @bbc_cumbria or head to our Facebook page.     

Travel: Congestion builds at Penrith M6 crash

BBC News Travel

Police say the northbound slipway onto the M6 from Penrith at junction 40 is now completely blocked while they deal with a crash involving two heavy goods vehicles.

Delays are expected for some time and drivers are being asked to avoid the area.

Manager Curle takes rap as time runs short for Carlisle United

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Keith Curle says he takes all responsibility for Carlisle United's dramatic dip of form in 2017. 

United were challenging for the League Two title at the turn of the year, but they are now a point below the play-off places with just two games of the season remaining. 

A series of 12 games with only one win led to some fans calling for Curle to be sacked.

Keith Curle
Getty Images

I can handle pressure, I can handle stress, lay everything at my door. I'm the manager of this football club

Keith Curle

Police dementia training wins praise

A training programme bought in by Cumbria police to help officers deal with calls involving people with dementia has won a regional award.

A two-year programme has meant the majority of front-line officers and control room staff are now trained to deal with incidents where people go missing or are otherwise in distress.

The course, provided by the charity Dignity in Dementia, came second in the NHS Northern Lights Dementia Awards.

Skipper who crashed boat into wind turbine is fined

A fishing boat skipper whose boat crashed into a wind turbine off the coast of Barrow has been fined for misconduct.

Jack Graham
Craig McGlasson

Jack Graham, who was 21 on the day of the crash in May 2016, had left the 10m-craft Daybreak on an autopilot system aiming to go round the wind farm, Carlisle Crown Court heard.

Graham, his uncle and his father, who was injured, had to be rescued by lifeboat. Daybreak was recovered but suffered damage costing £90,000 to repair.

Graham, from Eskdale Avenue in Seascale, admitted misconduct of a master of crew likely to endanger ships, structures or individuals, and was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £2,000 costs.

Travel: Police warn of delays at M6 Penrith junction

BBC News Travel

Police say the northbound M6 entry sliproad is partially blocked and there's queuing traffic at junction 40, Penrith

Reds head south for play-off

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Workington Reds take on Stourbridge later in their Evo-Stik Northern Premier play-off semi-final.

League rules say the tie must be played when the home side usually play, so it's tonight rather than tomorrow.

It means joint-manager Dave Hewson's side will have played five games in 10 days, which he says is ridiculous but unavoidable.

We won't use it as an excuse. We're going to go and give it a right good go."

Dave HewsonManager, Workington Reds

There's full match commentary tonight from 19:00 on BBC Radio Cumbria AM and online.

Weather: Sunny spells and showers, getting colder

BBC Weather

There will be sunny spells and maybe a few showers, wintry over the hills. Winds will become strong and gusty, and temperatures will drop away sharply from a high of 10C (50F). 

Weather graphic

You can find the latest forecast for where you are, here.

Blazing grass keep firefighters busy

Cumbria's firefighters dealt with grass fires in Broughton Moor and Workington yesterday as well as a reedbed on fire in Barrow.

The smile that says 'I can stop now - after 100 marathons'

When Cleator Moor's Gary McKee crossed the finishing line in the London Marathon yesterday he'd completed 100 marathons in 100 days.

His efforts - 26.2 miles daily - have seen him raise around £60,000 for the McMillan Cancer Support charity.

He finished the London course in three hours and 32 minutes.  

Gary McKee
McMillan Cancer Support/PA Wire

I just saw it as 100 marathons and that was going to take me 100 days to do. I didn't see it as a big picture, I just saw it as a day at a time."

Garry McKee.

When Walney's your bolthole from the Westminster bubble

Isabel Hardman's day job is as assistant editor of The Spectator, one of Britain's top political magazines.

But in recent times, suffering from poor health, she's found a refuge on windy Walney and over the weekend she posted some very pretty pictures.

View more on twitter

Megan warns doctors of teenage cancer risk

A Cumbrian teenager's writing to every GP in Cumbria to alert them to the danger of missing cases of bowel cancer because doctors don't expect to find the disease in younger patients.

Megan Pryde
Megan Pryde

Megan Pryde was at first thought to have appendicitis when she suffered severe stomach pains.

Doctors found a tumour on her bowel and she's now helping the charity Bowel Cancer UK raise awareness.

Dr Theo Weston, a GP from West Cumbria, says he's come across fewer than a handful of people Megan's age with the condition in 25 years of practice, but that shouldn't be a reason not to ask for tests.

It's important not to be put off by the costs of tests and what's in our normal diagnostic range

Dr Theo WestonCumbrian GP

Kirby Lonsdale celebrate promotion and a clean-sheet season

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Kirkby Lonsdale captain Ben Walker says his team are are excited and proud to be playing national league rugby union next season. 

Saturday's 23-7 win against Blackburn meant they they won every game of the North One West season on their way to promotion.

Team celebrating after match

We see next season as a challenge and we're really looking forward to it."

Ben WalkerKirkby Lonsdale RUFC

Record numbers let train take strain to Cumbria

The number of people travelling to Cumbria by train has risen over the last five years, according to one of the main rail operators. 

Virgin Trains says it has set a new record for the number of passengers it carries up the West Coast main line from London.  

Virgin says it carried people on more than 500,000 West Coast Main Line journeys starting or ending in Cumbria, during the 12 months to the end of March.

Oxenholme, marketed as the station for the Lake District, is Cumbria's most popular, seeing 55% of journeys, followed by Carlisle at 30%, and Penrith welcoming 15% of travellers to the county.   

Station sign

After the lambs, the calves...

James Robinson's organic dairy herd on his family farm near Kendal has grown by one. Warning; it's rather cute...

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Repaired Wainwright path reopens

A stretch of Alfred Wainwright's Coast-to-Coast footpath where walkers were becoming trapped in a bog has reopened following a £44,000 renovation.

The project to repair the path at Nine Standards Rigg on the Cumbria and North Yorkshire border began four years ago.

The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership led the project which was financed in part by crowdfunding.

Almost 1,300ft (400m) of flagstones were laid.

The flagstones
North Pennines AONB Partnership
The new flagstones were flown to the site by helicopter

Weather on the fell tops: Much colder with snow showers

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: -2C or -3C becoming -5C later. 
  • Winds: Westerly winds becoming northwesterly during the day - strong breeze with gusts 45mph, but near gale to gale with gusts 55mph at times from mid-afternoon. Winds turning northerly later. 
  • Cloud: Extensive fog above about 1,900ft during the morning with patches lower down, especially across western fells. Fog mostly dispersing by midday, though broken down to 1,600ft late afternoon with lower patches across more northern fells. 
  • Visibility: Moderate or poor at first, but very poor in snow. Visibility improving to become very good by the afternoon but marked reductions to very poor as snow showers pass by and moderate or poor, occasionally very poor for a time late afternoon and early evening. 
  • Freezing level: 3,600ft gradually lowering to 1,600ft.

New scheme starts to help 'difficult cases' find work

Hundreds of people in West Cumbria will be offered help to get jobs, through a £1.7m scheme involving 12 voluntary and community organisations.  

The Lottery-funded project, called Choices is to support 450 people such as those leaving care, former carers, recovering addicts, and people with learning difficulties, who'll be offered one-to-one sessions in health, wellbeing, finance, and digital training. 

Organisers say circumstances like these make it particularly difficult for people to find work.

Choices is being led by the charity Groundwork North East and Cumbria, and it's due to run until September 2019. 

Cumbria's weather: Rain clearing, colder

BBC Weather

Cloud and patchy rain will quickly clear south during the morning introducing brighter but colder conditions. Winds will become strong and gusty with highs of 10C (50F). 

Weather graphic

You can find the latest weather forecast for where you are here.

Good morning: This is BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We'll be rounding up the latest news, sport, weather and travel for the county, and dropping in other interesting items that catch our eye, until 18:00.

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