Entries for the 2018 staging of the ASICS Windermere Marathon opened on Friday (1 September), much to the delight of a host of runners whose expectations of next year’s race have been ignited by the launch of a new medal series that depicts an iconic scene from the route.
The event, scheduled for Sunday 20 May 2018, continues to maintain its unique status due to its incredible route and is now one of just a handful of marathons that is run entirely within a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Moreover, it is viewed by many as the UK's most scenic marathon and takes runners on a 26.2-mile anti-clockwise lap around Lake Windermere through the honey-pot sites of Hawkshead, Newby Bridge, Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside.
The launch of the medal design, which depicts four different scenes and will be presented to runners from 2018–2021, has brought considerable attention and a spike in expected numbers for next year’s race.
The silver-coloured medals fit together to create a scene representing Brathay Hall, the picture-perfect start and finish line, plus the villages of Hawskhead, Bowness and Newby Bridge.
Early bird entry is priced at £39. Registration is available here.