With just over two weeks to go until entries for the 2018 ASICS Windermere Marathon open officially, there is considerable excitement ahead of next year’s race. Adding to this excitement, organisers have announced that all finishers will receive a new medal depicting an iconic scene from the route.
Kentmere artist George Grange has produced four designs for a series of medals that will be presented to runners from 2018–2021. The silver-coloured medals fit together to create a scene representing Brathay Hall, the picture-perfect start and finish line, and the villages of Hawskhead, Bowness and Newby Bridge.
Brathay’s head of operations, Aly Knowles, commented on their significance: “Medals for everyone who crosses the finishing line, not just the first three back, is now quite rightly a tradition in marathon running. The medals are so important, they are part of the runner experience and a badge of honour.
Aly added: “There are some amazing medal designs. We think our four new ones are special enough to fit that category and we hope they will attract more entries. Some runners actually pick the marathon they’re going to do by what the medal looks like.”
The race, scheduled for Sunday 20 May, is viewed 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.
More information on the event is available here.