The scope of the ASICS Windermere Marathon weekend will be strengthened with news that the event will also host a 5K distance race for the first time. Scheduled for Sunday 19 May, the 5K has been designed to offer participants the experience of a grandstand finale alongside finishers from the ASICS Windermere Marathon and Brathay 10in10 runners.
The marathon has the unique status as being one of the very few 26.2 mile runs to be set entirely within a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The event was originally staged from 1982-1986 before the Brathay Trust revived the race in 2007.
Highlighting some of the Lake District’s most stunning scenery, the marathon passes through the picturesque village of Hawkshead, towards Newby Bridge at the southern end of Windermere.
In light of the marathon’s reputation as one of the most picturesque around, the 5K will follow hot on its heels at the start line before turning into Skelwith Fold Caravan Park. From here they will run through the park before emerging on to the side of the River Brathay. Runners will then follow the river back to Brathay, up the drive and finish on the lawn in front of Brathay Hall.
With the recent launch of the 5K, organisers are offering reduced price early bird entry at just £10 for the first 100 runners to register: you can do so here.