20 brave souls will compete in this year’s Brathay 10in10, making it the largest ever field to take part in the event since it launched in 2007. Renowned for its test of endurance, the event requires runners to complete 10 marathons in 10 consecutive days around Lake Windermere.
Regarded as one of the most scenic marathons in the UK, the 26.2 anti-clockwise lap around Lake Windermere takes in the honey-pot sites of Hawkshead, Newby Bridge, Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside. Over half the course is run on partially traffic-free roads or roads with a dedicated running lane
Ahead of this year’s event, which will commence on Friday 11 May, 20 runners have been offered a place, with many deciding to make the jump from competing in its sister race, the ASICS Windermere Marathon.
In preparation, the group will meet up on Saturday for a training weekend at Brathay Hall, an invaluable exercise, according to event operations manager, Aly Knowles: “This training event helps everyone get ready for May.”
Aly added: “The runners receive important advice on hydration, nutrition and sports therapy and, most importantly, they run a practice marathon – although unusually nearly all are already familiar with the course.”
Each runner has to raise at least £3,000 in order to compete in the event so sharing fundraising tips and learning about the work of the Brathay Trust is also part of the weekend. Since its inception, the event has raised over £1.2million for its work with children and young people including supporting residential programmes at the charity’s base near Ambleside and community projects in the Furness area.