There was cause for a double celebration at Sunday’s Brathay Windermere Marathon with the event set to raise £100,000 for charity while also welcoming the fastest time for a marathon ran in the 10in10 competition. Now in its eighth year, the race secures vital funds for the Ambleside-based Brathay Trust.
First to set off were 14 people from around the UK running the last of their 10 marathons in 10 consecutive days. An hour later over 875 runners left the starting line for the main marathon, which takes competitors on an anti-clockwise 26.2 lap around Lake Windermere featuring the honey-pot sites of Hawkshead, Newby Bridge, Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside.
Crowned the UK’s most scenic marathon in 2013, 14.9 miles were run on partially traffic-free roads, an increase of 6.2 miles on previous years. Christopher Merchant, from Rochdale Harriers, was the fastest runner in the one day Brathay Windermere Marathon, coming home in 2:53:26, with Helensburgh AAC’s Michelle Hetherington top in the female field in 3:12:51.
Somewhat remarkably, Adam Holland, on the last leg of his 10in10 journey, finished the lengthy challenge in 2:54:02, less than a minute behind the winner of the one-day race. The 27-year-old, who has competed in Brathay twice before, is now preparing to tackle Seven Marathons in Seven Days in just over a week’s time (26 May – 1 June) and starting in Weston-super-Mare.
Jon Owen, race director said: "We've always had incredible support for these two very different marathon events since we launched them in 2007. They are the single most important fundraiser for our work with disadvantaged young people and this year has proved no exception. Whilst the majority of the funds are raised by the small band of 10in10 runners, the one day event and family fun day also helps to ensure our vital work continues.”
Results of the Brathay Windermere Marathon are available at northernrunningguide.com.