Entries for the 2015 edition of the Brathay Windermere Marathon, scheduled for 17 May, are now open. Recently voted the second best marathon in the UK, the race follows a scenic route through the Lake District, taking runners through Hawkshead, Newby Bridge, Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside.
Originally staged from 1982-1986, the Brathay Trust revived the event in 2007. This year, the Brathay Windermere Marathon and Brathay 10in10 raised £140,000 in support of the work of the trust.
This year’s race saw Rochdale Harriers’ Christopher Merchant take first position in 2:53:26, with Helensburgh AAC’s Michelle Hetherington top in the female field in 3:12:51. Adam Holland was the overall winner in the accompanying Brathay 10in10.
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.
Early bird registration, available until 31 December, is priced at £37, or £35 for club members associated to England Athletics. Thereafter standard entry rises to £38 and £40. More information is available at the Brathay website.