The Course

Full Marathon

The Marathon starts and finishes in the beautiful grounds of Brathay Hall, at the Northern end of Windermere, England’s largest Lake. The course takes you through some of the Lake District’s most stunning scenery as you pass through the picturesque village of Hawkshead, towards Newby Bridge at the Southern end of Windermere. You 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 will greet you at the finish line.


Click here to view the Full Marathon route and profile.


Half Marathon

The Half Marathon will start at Brathay Hall heading down through Hawkshead to the Southern end of Esthwaite Water and back along the same route, ending on the front lawn of Brathay Hall. 


Click here to view the Half Marathon route and profile.

Important information for Runners 

What is included?

All runners receive a timing chip and goody bag and all finishers will receive a medal. Winners in various age categories also receive a trophy and prize. Race T-shirts will be able to buy at the event or online before the event from our retail partner Pete Bland Sports.

Time limit

The time limit for completion of the Full Marathon is 6 hours 30 minutes, and for the Half Marathon is 3 hours 15 minutes. We set these limits in order to contain the amount of disruption our traffic management measures have upon local residents, businesses and visitors.

Race Registration

As we don’t send out Running Numbers in advance, runners will need to collect these from race registration at Brathay Hall. Your timing chip will be attached to the race number so we ask that you wear your numbers clearly visible on the front of your running top. We advise you to collect your running numbers before race day if possible, to avoid congestion on the day. Race Registration will also be open on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th May.

Refreshment Stations

Refreshment stations with bottled water and electrolyte drinks are positioned at approximately 3 mile intervals around the course which will be signposted in advance. Please refer to the route maps for locations.

Results and Prizes

Prizes will be awarded in all age categories and in the past have included watches, stays in local hotels, and vouchers from our main sponsors. The 1st place in each category will be awarded at the prize giving ceremony on the day.

Rules and Regulations

The Marathon and Half Marathon will hold a UK Athletics race licence (number TBC) and will be run according to UK Athletics Rules and Regulations. In particular we would like to draw your attention to the rule stating that “Unauthorised car support, bicycles, rollerblades …. and any other wheeled devices are not permitted on the course.”

Running Tips

Extreme marathon runner Steve Edwards, who set a record for the 'fastest 500 marathons ever run by an individual athlete', is closely linked to Brathay. Click here to download his Top Running Tips to help with your training!

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