Report: Hundreds of Marathon Runners May Be Stranded in Heavy Mountain Flooding

The BBC is reporting that hundreds of competitors in an elite mountain marathon may be stranded after heavy rain led to flooding in the area.

The BBC says the athletes are competing in the Original Mountain Marathon — a two-day marathon across rough country in Britain's Lake District. The area is about 300 miles north of London.

According to the race Web site, competitors race in pairs and carry their tent, clothing and food for 36 hours.

No one from the race was available for comment. A person who answered the telephone with the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service said they were too busy to speak. The BBC reported that one person had been taken to the hospital with hypothermia.

High winds and heavy rain affected much of northwest England on Saturday.