A group of runners is undertaking a challenge in the hopes of raising thousands for a vital Cumbrian charity.

Head Torches Round the Tarn is a group of runners from the Brampton area who are hoping to run 2020 kilometres to raise £2020 for The Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association.

It is the first time that the group has undertaken a challenge like this, but having clocked more than 400 km already they are well on track for completing it over the next few months.

They had gone backward and forwards on which good cause to support with their run before deciding on the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue.

Sarah Lewis-Briggs, the founder of the group, said: “It means everyone can contribute to whatever extent they feel like.

“Although we’re primarily running in the Penrith and Eden group, mostly, we do run in the Lake District at times and enjoy doing so.

“With them being a voluntary group, what we’re doing is going out into the hills and running, heaven forbid we should ever need them but they are exactly the sort of group that we should be supporting.”

They began on February 29 with a run in Simonside in Northumberland and will continue through to October with events at Kielder and Ennerdale.

In order to stick within the government guidelines, they are each running separately and doing so within their allotted one hour of exercise per day.

Each member tracks the distance they have run which Sarah then puts onto a spreadsheet so they can keep track.

There are even hopes to do a virtual run where everyone runs at the same time but separately in different places.

“For me, it was a great way of keeping me motivated during lockdown so obviously I can’t run with the rest of the group but I know that they are out running as well,” said Sarah.

“It’s such a supportive group,” said Sarah.

“There’s a very strong sense of community even though we can’t actually see each other.”

Head Torches Round the Tarn are raising the money for the charity on JustGiving.