With the 10th anniversary Brathay Windermere Marathon on Sunday 22 May, there’s still time for a quick reflection from Heather Dixon, Brathay’s FD.

I’ve had cause to think a lot about running a marathon recently, not least because Brathay’s 10th anniversary Windermere Marathon takes place next week, Sunday 22 May, starting and finishing on the amazing Brathay site, it’s our primary fundraising event of the year. I am not, and will never be, a marathon runner, although colleagues tells me that very denial means that one day I will surprise myself and pound the 26.2 miles with enthusiasm and energy - how little they know me J.

As such, running a marathon is not something that I ever thought about until I came to work here at Brathay. Within days of my arrival I began to hear rumblings, it felt like a mantra “ma-ra-thon ma-ra-thon” which boomed louder and louder until the day in late May I found myself handing out bananas on the finish line to exhausted but euphoric runners. Perhaps not where I had expected to be when I accepted a job as Brathay’s Finance Director!

That’s 6 years ago and I’ll be near the finish line again this year, come rain or sunshine. Much has changed in that time and I certainly know a lot more about running a marathon. Mostly though what I have learnt is that there are two totally different versions of “running a marathon”. There are those who run on the day and those who all make it happen in the background. It’s been said many times but those “without whom none of this would be possible”. So runners, organisers, families, supporters, volunteers, sponsors, donors and, all in the local community who support us, I salute & thank you one and all.