Sunday 22 May, 2016, will see the Brathay Windermere Marathon, which includes the infamous 10 in10 (10 marathons in as many days) celebrate its 10th birthday. To mark the occasion, organisers have announced an exciting addition to next year’s events, the Brathay Half Marathon.
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.
The 13.1 mile route will adopt many of the features of the longer race and will see runners depart from Brathay Hall, through Hawkshead and alongside the peaceful Esthwaite Water. Runners return with views of the iconic Langdales and the surrounding fells. In addition to the 10in10, ten consecutive marathons in ten days, the 2016 event will also see the launch of a children’s run. All of which will raise money for Ambleside-based charity, Brathay Trust.
Scott Umpleby, Brathay’s head of fundraising explains why this running event is so important to the charity: “Last year we raised enough funds to work with 6,000 young people in their communities across the north of England and through immersive residential experiences in the Lake District. Whilst we can’t wipe away all the terrible things that have happened to the young people we work with we can put them on the path to new and better lives.”
“This year we are asking all marathon runners to help raise money for us, and if you raise over £175 in sponsorship for the main marathon, or £100 in sponsorship for the half marathon, it's free to enter. Any monies you raise for us will directly transform the lives of young people through the programmes we deliver.”
More information and registration details are available here.