Brathay Windermere Marathon celebrated its 10th year in style on Sunday, 22 May with over 1,000 runners taking part in the programme of events. This included the first ever staging of the half marathon – set to be a popular addition with entries selling out – and the final leg of the Brathay 10in10, which saw 11 hardy competitors complete the grueling challenge.
Renowned for its stunning course, marathon runners enjoyed a 26.2 anti-clockwise lap around Lake Windermere in fine sunshine, taking in the honey-pot sites of Hawkshead, Newby Bridge, Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside.
Leading the field home was Scott Harrington in a time of 2:36:33, with Bellahouston Harriers’ Cris Walsh second (2:39:51) and Brathay favourite Adam Holland (2:47:53). In the women’s competition, Tracey Dutton secured first in 3:08:53, with Katherine Cousins and Sally Ford close behind (3:09:30 and 3:09:51).
Anticipation was high for the half marathon with the route adopting many of the features of the longer race as runners departed from Brathay Hall, through Hawkshead and alongside the peaceful Esthwaite Water. David Mulvee (1:13:23) and Lucy Stobbart (1:34:20) were the first ever winners of the race.
Sunday also incorporated the last stage of the Brathay 10in10, with 11 participants completing 10 marathons in consecutive days. As ever, the epic challenge required competitors to dig deep, with Gosport Road Runners’ Rob Byrne recording the lowest average time.
The events have a fundraising push at their core and looks to support Brathay Trust's work with underprivileged children and young people. A recent statement on the event website read: “Thank you to everyone who made this year’s 10th anniversary Brathay Running events such a huge success. These events would not be possible without the support of volunteers, sponsors, donors and the local community.”
“The introduction of Brathay Half and more junior races were well received by all who took part. We’re sure we can now further develop these events which, together with the marathon and Brathay 10in10, will become a true festival of running for all ages and abilities in future years.”
Full results are available here.