If your spring training is going extremely well, why not take the plunge and commit to one of the UK’s most scenic 26.2 mile events? The upcoming staging of the ASICS Windermere Marathon (Sunday 19 May) is just around the corner, and any prospective competitors have exactly one week to register.
Sunday’s race will represent the 19th edition of the event, which, with over 1243 runners already signed up, will be the biggest to date. The day will also include the recently launched 5k, plus the final leg of the iconic Brathay 10in10.
The marathon 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 light of the marathon’s reputation as one of the most picturesque around, the recently added 5K will follow hot on its heels at the start line before turning into Skelwith Fold Caravan Park. From here they will run through the park before emerging on to the side of the River Brathay. Runners will then follow the river back to Brathay, up the drive and finish on the lawn in front of Brathay Hall.
Entry is available here.