The 17 brave souls who have committed to running 10 testing marathons in 10 days have just passed midway in their grueling challenge. Despite some aches, pains and testing conditions, the group are all still standing and on course to conclude their last leg on Sunday (19 May) at the ASICS Windermere Marathon.
The Brathay 10in10, involves running the same marathon every day, a lap of Windermere, England’s largest lake. It is to support Brathay Trust’s work with vulnerable children and young adults.
Now in its 13th year, 116 people have completed the Brathay 10in10 - some many times, and one person six times - raising over £1million for the charity. Cumbrian running legend Joss Naylor MBE, the race patron, saw the runners off on their 262 mile challenge. This year, the group’s youngest runner is 25-years-old and the oldest is 54.
Brathay’s Head of Fundraising, Scott Umpleby – himself a long distance fell runner – says the team are always well supported along the route by locals. He said: “The encouragement and smiles that the 10in10ers get as they pass through the same villages each day makes a huge difference. About four miles in, they get a hero’s welcome from the children at Hawkshead Esthwaite Primary School.
“At five miles short of the finish line is ‘Ice Cream Mountain’ or Rayrigg Road viewpoint. Here runners refuel on ice cream and lollies after a tiring 50ft ascent over almost a quarter of a mile. As they pass Low Wood Bay the end is in sight. With the wind in the right direction they can even hear shouts of encouragement from the finish line at Brathay Hall.”
The final marathon for the 10in10ers is also the ASICS Windermere Marathon, with a record of over 1,200 people entered this year. Keep an eye out for runABC North’s race report next week!