MOUNTAIN rescuers were called out after a fell runner sustained a leg wound during a race.

The 39-year-old was competing in the Three Peaks Race in the Yorkshire Dales at the weekend when he fell while descending Ingleborough in the direction of Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

He sustained a 'deep wound just below the left knee' and the Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO) was called out at around 1.20pm on Saturday.

The man was located at the bottom of the Swine Tail path.

A CRO spokesman said: "The first members on scene succeeded in reducing the bleeding and covered the wound, but it was apparent that a stretcher carry would be required, as movement prompted further bleeding.

"When the others arrived with more equipment, the patient was helped into a casualty bag, lifted onto a wheeled Titan stretcher and trundled gently back to the vehicles."

The spokesman said the casualty was loaded into the back of a CRO Land Rover and driven back to the race's control point.

"After a brief reunion with his family, he was transferred to the Yorkshire Ambulance Service road ambulance for the journey to hospital," said the spokesman.

The callout was the team's 78th this year. It required a total of 30 volunteer hours.