Award-winning charity, Brathay Trust, has sounded a rallying call for runners to take part in one of the UK’s most exciting events to raise much needed funds. The charity is seeking fundraisers to compete at the Brathay Windermere Marathon on Sunday 17 May.
The event - recently voted the second best in the UK - was originally staged from 1982-1986, before the Brathay Trust revived the race in 2007. 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. In 2014, the Brathay Windermere Marathon and Brathay 10in10 raised £140,000 in support of the work of the trust, which helps to inspire children and young people to engage positively in their communities.
The Brathay 10in10 sees a small field of hardy participants complete 10 marathons on consecutive days. The 10in10 complements the main Brathay Marathon and concludes with that event on Sunday 17 May.
As Jon Owen, Brathay race director, explained: “We've had incredible support since we launched this event in 2007. It's become the single most important fundraiser for our work. Every person who enters will be helping a young person like 15 year old David. He was not attending school, wearing clean clothes or eating well. His mother was battling with alcoholism and their relationship was dysfunctional. Some nights David would sleep in the coal shed when he was not allowed in the house.”
“We supported David in learning to wash and feed himself and in finding independent accommodation when he was 16. We also supported his mum in getting help with her addiction. Six months on, David is in college, his mum has not had a drink for over three months and they are rebuilding their relationship. David¹s mum said we were given all the support we needed andthat support was invaluable.”
More information and registration details are available here.