Organisers of Brathay Windermere Marathon have issued a rallying call for anyone who is able to volunteer at next month’s race. The upcoming event, scheduled for 22 May, will be of particular importance as it will mark the marathon’s 10th anniversary and see the launch of 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 marathon incorporates the last leg of the Brathay 10 in 10, which sees runners take on 10 marathons in consecutive days.
Over 100 volunteers are needed on the day to support a field of over 1,000 runners across the Windermere marathon, half marathon, junior races and a Family Fun Day. One volunteer who many will recognise in the racing circuit is Rod Berry, known for starting the Great Langdale road races in 1988. Rod is handing out leaflets at events and he has signed up family members to marshal on the day.
As Brathay’s volunteer co-ordinator Sarah Thompson explained: “We are delighted to have an experienced hand like Rod on board for our 10th flagship fundraiser. A runner himself, and past race director, he knows exactly how to encourage and support participants. Marshals play a critical role on the day. By donating their time they enable us to raise even more money for young people who deserve a better life.”
Sarah added: “We are also very glad of the regulars, groups and individuals who support the event each year. It takes a great deal of organisation to make this event happen safely and to make sure everyone has a great day out. We are very keen to hear from anyone who would like to be a marshal on the day.”
Anyone who is interesting should email the Brathay team here.