Yet, reading between the lines, the barely-suppressed panic and almost ghoulish anticipation of mass casualties didn't give the full picture:
The competitors were said to be in good spirits after being fed and sheltered and many backed the decision to start the event - some even regretted it was called off.Which won't be as difficult as the reports last night might have led you to believe:
Organisers today faced the task of accounting for everyone who set off in the event.
Many of the entrants who camped out overnight were experienced fell runners and seasoned mountaineers who carried suitable equipment to cope with adverse weather.Indeed, it was a condition of entry in the event:
All entrants, ranging from elite and beginner mountain runners to orienteers, fell walkers and mountaineers, had to bring suitable kit.So why the panic? Well, it seems the BBC were taking most of their information from Honister Slate Mine manager Mark Weir:
Mr Weir said the race should have been called off.Now, I've no desire to run up a mountain in the pouring rain. In fact, I've no desire to watch other people do it!
"Now we've got several hundred, into the thousand, stranded, cold, tired, some hypothermic," he said.
"We've overwhelmed the emergency services - the poor mountain rescue are out trying to find people on the side of the mountain, in the dark. It's just a bizarre day."
But why the panic over experienced fell walkers and mountaineers?