Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Flood Damage
On 30th July 2019 unprecedented rainfall in a very short space of time caused catastrophic flooding around parts of the Swaledale Marathon Route. A really good description of the events and some excellent photographs can be found on the Richmondshire Today web site here. This tweet shows the power of the water raging off Grinton Moor. The photograph below is taken from the Yorkshire Post web site and shows Arkle Beck at Whaw (the marathon route after checkpoint 2 was under a metre of fast flowing water).
In addition to the flooding of homes and businesses, the rights of way network around Reeth and lower Arkengarthdale was badly damaged. Many bridges were washed away or severely damaged and several rights of way are still closed. Swaledale Outdoor Club are donating funds to the Yorkshire Dales National Park to assist with repairs. We are requesting Swaledale Marathon entrants to make an additional donation towards this work. The suggested donation is £5 and this amount will appear by default on the SiEntries system. You are able to change the amount.
Swaledale Outdoor Club will transfer the total of the donations to the National Park and will publish the total raised. We thank Swaledale Marathon entrants for helping to re-open the closed rights of way and enable the public to access this wonderful area of the Dales.