Seventeen runners from around the UK have pledged to raise thousands for our work with children and young people through an epic 10 day running challenge - the Brathay 10in10.
They set off on Friday 10 May to each run the same marathon every day, a lap of Windermere, England’s largest lake. Their last marathon is on Sunday 19 May when they join those running the ASCIS Windermere Marathon – over 1,200 people are entered. There’s also a new entry level 5k race and races for juniors, so a day of running opportunities for all.
Now in its 13th year, our Brathay 10in10 has been completed by 116 people – and quite a few return to do it again and again.
Cumbrian running legend Joss Naylor MBE, our race Patron, saw the runners off on their 262 mile challenge on Friday and will be there to cheer them over the finish line on Sunday. With ascents totalling 1,400ft (430m), it is as much a feat of mental endurance as it is physical says our Head of Fundraising, Scott Umpleby – himself a long distance fell runner.
The youngest runner is 25-years-old and the oldest is 54. Eleven are taking part for the first time and others are hoping to complete a third, fourth and sixth 10in10.
Details of all those taking part can be found on the Brathay Challenges website here
Scott Umpleby says the runners are always well supported along the route by locals, “The encouragement and smiles that the 10in10ers get as they pass through the same villages each day makes a huge difference".
“About four miles in, they get a hero’s welcome from the children at Hawkshead Esthwaite Primary School. Almost half way around, at Newby Bridge, they cross the River Leven, follow the A590 for a short distance, and then start the journey back up the east side of the lake. Supporters on the terrace at the Swan Hotel cheer them on at this point, and their spirits can also be lifted by the sight of a Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway steam train.
“At five miles short of the finish line is ‘Ice Cream Mountain’ or Rayrigg Road viewpoint. Here runners refuel on ice cream and lollies after a tiring 50ft ascent over almost a quarter of a mile. As they pass Low Wood Bay the end is in sight. With the wind in the right direction they can even hear shouts of encouragement from the finish line at Brathay Hall,” added Scott.
The Brathay 10in10 has resulted in a total of 1,646 marathons being completed in an average time of 4:30:54 and the setting of three Guinness World Records.
Monies raised support our work with over 7,000 children and young people each year.