The Brathay 10 in 10 challenge kicks off tomorrow morning with 12 runners due to start this ultimate test of endurance and stamina. The race will see the competitors run 10 laps of the Windermere marathon course, over 10 consecutive days, with the final race taking place on the same day as the full Brathay Windermere marathon event, on Sunday May 16.
Of the 12 competitors taking part in this year's event, 4 are women and eight are men. The youngest competitor in this year's race is 23-year-old Adam Holland, returning to compete for the second time, looking to defend his course record of 32 hrs, 20 minutes and 45 seconds. 6 of the participants in this year's challenge have not attempted it before, including the competition's most senior runner, Jim Meta, at 54.
New to this year's competition, supporters of the athletes and the event will be able to track the progress of the runners on a dedicated website, where daily video edits will be posted as the story of the event unfolds.
Also running in this year's challenge and returning for the fourth time, is Steve Edwards, who is coming to the end of a challenge in which he aims to run 500 marathons in sub 3:30 times. He will be competing against Adam Holland in the race to beat the 10 in 10 record, which Steve himself set in 2008, before it was broken by Adam last year.
The Brathay 10 in 10 and the Brathay Windermere marathon aim to raise funds to support Brathay Hall Trust's work with underprivileged children and young people. Runners raise sponsorship as part of their contribution to improving the lives of those young people who are most disadvantaged or vulnerable.