Described by renowned adventurer Bear Grylls as 'an epic challenge that will require an epic strength of mind', next month will see the seventh staging of the Brathay 10 in 10. Starting on 10 May, 15 runners will complete 10 marathons over 10 consecutive days, with the final stage taking place on the same day as the full Brathay Windermere marathon on 19 May.
In 2007 Sir Christopher Ball, a fellow of Brathay Trust, suggested that the Brathay Windermere marathon incorporates a 10 marathons in 10 days endurance running event - 262 miles over 10 days around England's largest lake. In its first year, eight dedicated athletes established benchmark times and developed a model of support required to complete 10 marathons over consecutive days.
The event has played host to several Guinness World Records, with Steve Edwards setting a record time in 2008 when he completed the 10 marathons in an accumulated time of just over 35 hours. In 2010, Adam Holland clocked a total time of 30hrs 20:54, which translates to an incredible average of 3:02:05 for each marathon.
The 15 runners preparing for the 10 in 10 are coming in to the event with varying levels of experience. David Bayley, 39, has completed 142 marathons to date, while Eleanor Tollitson, 42, has tackled six. All of the runners' profiles are available on the Brathay 10 in 10 website, with a link to their fundraising pages.
The event is held to raise funds to support Brathay Trust's work with underprivileged children and young people. Runners raise sponsorship as part of their contribution to improving the lives of those young people who are most disadvantaged or vulnerable.