Organisers of Brathay Windermere Marathon have revealed that the fundraising total for the event’s official charity, the Brathay Trust, has exceeded £100,000. Donations included over £1,000 contributed by a group of 32 prisoners from HMP Lancaster Farms. The group completed a half marathon in support of Prison PE Officer Darren Leeming, who was participating in the 26.2 mile event.
The group of prisoners trained by setting up an early running club, before work, to help them prepare for the 13.1 miles. Darren commented on the challenge they set: “A fortnight ago, despite extremely uncomfortable weather conditions, 32 prisoners ran an internal circuit of around 11 to 14 miles. Prison Governor Derek Harrison joined us for six of those miles which was great.
Sunday 22 May saw the event celebrate its 10th year in style with over 1,000 runners taking part in the marathon and the Brathay 10in10, where 11 hardy competitors completed 10 marathons in consecutive days. It also saw the first staging of the half marathon – likely to be a popular addition to the Brathay calendar with entries selling out for the race.
Funds raised will allow the Brathay Trust to continue to support 7,000 young people each year, including those who are severely disadvantaged. The trust works in Lancashire, Cumbria and Yorkshire. The Trust helps turn around the lives of 7,000 youngsters a year.