If you’re struggling for a Christmas present for the runner in your life, a place at the 2015 Brathay Windermere Marathon—recently voted the second best in the UK—might just do the trick. What’s more, early bird registration for the event, organised for Sunday 17 May, will remain open until 31 December.
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.
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.