Sixteen people will this morning (12 May) embark on what is known to be one of the most challenging, yet breathtaking, events in the UK – the Brathay 10in10. Runners will be required to tackle 10 marathons in 10 consecutive days around Lake Windermere, taking in the honey-pot sites of Hawkshead, Newby Bridge, Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside.
Originally staged from 1982-1986, the event was revived in 2007. Highlighting some of the Lake District’s most stunning scenery, the course passes through the picturesque village of Hawkshead, towards Newby Bridge at the southern end of Windermere.
Runners then head back to Brathay Hall, passing through cheering crowds in Bowness and Waterhead. The race ends on the front lawn of Brathay Hall, where a fantastic atmosphere awaits at the finish line.
One of the 16 competing is 64-year-old Angela Oldham from Hyde, Greater Manchester. Angela’s running career began at the age of 56 when at the end of a sponsored swim, the lifeguard bet her she couldn’t run 10k. Thirteen months later, she found herself on he start line of the 2009 Great Manchester Run, an event that proved to be the catalyst to her joining East Cheshire Harriers.
The Brathay adventure comes in the same year in which Angela will attempt to run 65 different parkruns. On her motivation for competing 10 marathons in consecutive days, Angela said: “I was inspired after speaking to past runners and watching legendary fell runner and Lake District sheep farmer Joss Naylor, race patron, greet them at the finish line. It made me feel very emotional watching ordinary people do something extraordinary.
“I thought 'I have got to have a go at this and raise some money for Brathay Trust.' I hope to stay injury free, raise the money and finish on day 10 - ahead of friends who will be running the one day marathon, our lap of honour which is also the ASICS Windermere Marathon.”
The event is held to raise funds to support Brathay Trust’s work to improve the life chances of children and young people, by inspiring them to engage positively in their communities. Head of Fundraising for Brathay, Scott Umpleby, says the charity appreciates all that the runners do and added: “It is a massive undertaking and ultimately it means we can work with some very vulnerable young people, helping them turn their lives around.”