15 runners have committed to tackling this year’s Brathay 10 in 10, a testing challenge that involves 10 consecutive marathons over 10 days. Now in its eighth year, the 10 in 10 starts on Friday 9 May and ends on Sunday 18 May, when the group will aim to conclude their adventure at the Brathay Windermere Marathon.
Described by Bear Grylls as 'an epic challenge that will require an epic strength of mind', the event will see the 15 runners cover 262 miles around England’s largest lake. The 10 in 10, plus the open marathon on Sunday 18 May, is held to raise funds to support Brathay Trust's work with underprivileged children and young people.
The event has played host to several Guinness World Records, with Steve Edwards setting a record in 2008 when he completed the 10 marathons in an accumulated time of just over 35 hours. In 2010, Adam Holland clocked a total time of 30hrs 20:54, which translates to an incredible average of 3:02:05 for each marathon.
The individuals, who will live side by side in a self-contained lodge on the Brathay site during the 10-day challenge, all come in to the event with varying levels of experience. Of the 15, Adam Holland is perhaps the most decorated, having held three world records and ran 128 marathons to date.
Each 10 in 10 runner has to raise £3,000 in order to compete in the event. Since it started seven years ago over £500,000 has been raised at the event. For more information, visit the event website.