An epic challenge that will require an epic strength of mind

Bear Grylls – Adventurer & Everest climber

One marathon clearly isn't enough for some people! See below runners from this years 10in10 where they ran the Brathay Windermere Marathon course 10 times over consecutive days.

Adrian Brooks

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Chris Renton

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Donna Fitzpatrick

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Helen McCloughlin

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Jack Swannick

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Jim Meta

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Jonathan Carter

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Karen Hurrell

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Paul Dewar

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Sonja Foster

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Rob Byrne

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Malc Collins 

Adrian Brooks

I am a 37 year old specialist nurse in mental health and I am married to Emma; we have two beautiful Labradors. A life-long Manchester City fan, I’m glad the fixture list works with the 10in10 dates! I run for ‘Tyne Bridge Harriers’, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where I live. I started running in 2010 when walking made me breathless due to my weight. Since then I have lost at least 13 stone - half my body weight – and I am truly bitten by the running bug. It’s an integral part of the life I share with my amazing and understanding family and it keeps me physically and mentally fit. I have now run 17 marathons, three ultra-marathons and last year a 24 hour non-stop fundraiser for Brathay.

I have raised over £5,000 for various charities embracing the challenge of doing so in difficult financial times. But my greatest achievement still has to be setting off for my first run wearing jeans and 'fashionable' trainers. I managed five seconds; getting to a minute is my proudest running moment. I choose to run the 10in10 as a physical challenge and to raise money for the wonderful Brathay Trust. With a career dedicated to child and adolescent mental health, I feel passionate about this stage of life.

My training plan includes 10 marathons, two ultra-marathons and lots of hill training. I believe strongly in the power of mind over any physical pain. I'm fortunate to be where I am, I am grateful for the opportunities I have and the chance to support and promote other people's chances in life. Keep an eye out for my distinctive tattoos on both of my calves. Back to top

Chris Renton

I live in Melrose in the beautiful Scottish Borders and I am a bus driver in Edinburgh for Lothian Buses. A member of Harmeny Athletics, I took up running in 2008 to lose weight. I was 17 ½ stones and very unfit. My diet was working but I wanted to lose weight more quickly and running certainly made a huge difference. I ran my first half marathon, and badly, in August of that year. I now enjoy all distances, from 5km runs up to 24hr endurance events, even though I have to work hard at it. Because of where I live and my shift patterns about 95% of my training is done on my own - so I'm very proud of what I've achieved.

I have now completed 52 marathons and ultras, usually averaging around 1,500 miles per annum. My most memorable event is being part of the Brathay 10in10 in 2014 and 2015 so I’m thrilled to be back this year. I feel very close to Brathay Trust for very personal reasons linked to my teen years in the 1970s. Crossing the finish line of my first 10in10 rid me of some demons. Brathay Trust do incredible work for vulnerable and disadvantaged children who have had a bad start in their life. Being able to play a very small part in that by raising much needed funds is a real pleasure.

I am very pleased to have raised over £10,000 in 2014/15. Turning 52 years old during the 10in10 and finding that running gets harder each year, this next 10in10, one of the UK's toughest marathon road races, will be a big challenge. I just hope I get chance to take in the stunning scenery. Back to top

Donna Fitzpatrick 

I live in a village called Bearsted which is just outside Maidstone in Kent and I am 47 years old. I am a mum to 16 year old Jess and 12 year old Harry. My husband Tony works in London, away all week. We have a black working Cocker Spaniel called Bess and Lola a black cat.

I started running for fitness and enjoyment a few years ago and was persuaded to do the Brighton marathon with 10 in 10 runner Ellan Iaquaniello. That was our first marathon together and I would like to say I loved it as much as Ellan but I can’t! I have also completed the Beachy Head marathon three times and that is my running career to date. Having followed the Brathay 10in10 for the past two years I have been completely inspired. Watching the daily video clips of the runners was emotional and inspiring. It’s what made me want to undertake this challenge. When the phone call came from Brathay to say that I had been accepted I didn't know whether to laugh or cry in fear!

It has all finally sunk in and I have started to slowly build up the necessary miles. I am lucky to have fellow 10in10er Ellan on my side. She is helping and guiding me along the way – and telling me off when I don't follow the plan properly - so I do listen to everything she says! My main running partner is Bess, my dog, who does every mile without complaining. As well as having friends who sometimes join me for a few miles at the beginning or end of my long runs, Tony and Harry sometimes join me on their bikes. It’s great because when you are out for a long time it is nice to have a little company. The goal is to just complete the 10 marathons to the best of my ability and hopefully to avoid any injuries!

I feel very honoured and privileged to have been chosen to do the 2016 10in10. And I am very scared and daunted by it. Brathay Trust is a fantastic charity and I am pleased to be supporting it and hope to raise as much money as I can. Any sponsorship monies that you can donate will be gratefully received and put to fantastic use.

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Helen McCloughlin

Aged 38 years old I am lucky enough to be part of the 2016 Brathay 10in10 team. I am both excited and nervous about the journey which lies ahead and I am looking forward to some life-changing moments along the way. Qualifying as a midwife in 2012, I work in a busy unit linked to the Diana Princess of Wales Hospital, Grimsby. We have just under 3,000 deliveries each year.

Having no affinity for sport at school I started running after the birth of my first child Jack, who is now 14 years old. I also have a ten year old daughter Alice. My first ‘race’ was the Race for Life in Cleethorpes. Finishing 8th out of over 1,000 participants meant I’d found something I could do and that made me feel brilliant! My first road marathon in 2004 was the London Marathon. Since then I have run London twice, Edinburgh once and Loch Ness twice. In between road marathons I have also taken part in several off road marathons. Probably my greatest achievement was finishing 3rd female at the Swaledale Marathon on a blisteringly hot day. I am helped on my long runs by having one of my closest friends Cheryl to run with. We certainly put the world to rights as the miles tick by!

I decided to enter the 10in10 after following local runner Tony Hooper and his amazing journey as part of the 2015 team. He is my inspiration for taking part in 2016 and he continues to share his wealth of experience with me for which I am so grateful. change this to …….I have many fears around the 10in10.  Fear of the unknown.  Fear of failure.  Fear of Fear.  But I have in my head a vision of finishing Day 10 – my friends and family there to support me.  This overrides any fear.  I can’t wait for that feeling!!! Back to top

Jack Swannick

I am a 28 year old Army Officer and Instructor at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and originally from the Lake District. I have been running for seven years, since I decided I needed to get fit. I have run three marathons including the Windermere Marathon and the Peak District 60 mile ultra. I am involved in the Academy Cross Country Club and I am affiliated to the Milocarian Athletics Club, who are predominantly servicemen, ex-servicemen and their families. The Peak District Ultra has been my biggest achievement and toughest challenge to date.

If the Army has taught me anything - It is to keep going no matter what. My inspirations are the Brownlee brothers, who stormed to victory in the 2012 Olympics also,my fellow 10in10 team mates themselves are an inspiration. I feel extremely lucky to have grown up in the Lake District and for the opportunities the Army has given me - opportunities that I feel should be available to all young people. I am in the Medical Corps, so putting others less fortunate before yourself is in my blood. We are there to help and care for people and that is why I chose the 10in10. I love the area and feel very strongly about what Brathay Trust does. Please sponsor me as one of ‘the newbies’ to the 10 in 10 - in return I will keep you updated with my training through my blog. Back to top

Jim Meta

I’ve been lucky enough to have enjoyed a charmed life and recognise many of the young people Brathay help have been much less fortunate. And that’s the reason why I'm back for a third 10in10 at the age of 60 years old. Brathay does such good work that since my first marathon in 2008 I have returned to either run or help. My first and second 10in10 were far from easy so I expect this one to be even harder given that I now qualify for a bus pass!

Proud to come from Paisley, I have lived in Leeds for 40 years. At school I was always the last to be picked for the sports teams so it was as much a surprise to me as my family that having watched the first London marathon I said I would do one. I then did the Leeds marathon in 1982 and said never again. Approaching 40, I ran another one, missing a sub four hours by three minutes I had to get my time to under four hours. I have now run 131 marathons, three Ironman triathlons and the Marathon des Sables. I belong to Kirkstall Harriers and the 100 Marathon club.

In the past I have raised over £10,000 for charity and hope to achieve this for Brathay in 2016. I hope to draw on ‘thoughts of ‘the exploits of Ranulph Fiennes, one of my inspirations, to keep me going when things get tough, as I know they will. My biggest fear is being pulled out of the event through injury, and that is what will help me do the long hard training runs through the winter months. Back to top

Jonathan Carter

I am a Senior Charge Nurse and Emergency Nurse Practitioner in an Accident and Emergency Department in the Yorkshire Dales. Running home is a welcome wind down from a busy, stressful day. Living not far from Bradford, where Brathay has a Centre, I know there are many young people who would benefit from the charity’s work. My wife Sue and five year old daughter Erin are my biggest supporters and they are both into running. I’ve been billing this challenge to my family and friends as my midlife crisis with the big 40 fast approaching.

I first heard about the 10in10 in 2009 when I started running marathons. Seeing the runners on their 10th and final lap around Windermere, as a new runner, was inspirational. Then when I started to research who Brathay were and what they did, my mind was made up. Seven years later I am on the starting line and the idea of ‘Running away from 40’ was born. By the time the 10 in 10 is finished I’ll have run 48 marathons, 40 of which will be in 12 months.

My two big hopes are that I raise funds to support Brathay’s amazing work into the Keighley area and that I manage to get around the 262 miles in one vague piece! I’m sure with the fantastic support crew who work behind the scenes of this amazing event that I will succeed and I am already excited about the chance to be a tiny part of it. Back to top

Kaz Hurrell
I work for a medium-sized City law firm, as a Legal PA in the Corporate Department. I also run for the 100 Marathon Club and I am a keen crafter, and the latter helps with my fundraising. I’m not a natural sportswoman, I am very much at the plodding end of the field but we can't all be racing whippets! Taking up running 16 years ago, after my Dad's death, I’ve now run 171 marathons and ultra-marathons and I hope to hit the 200 mark before day 10 next May.

I’ve followed the 10in10 since it first started, and I became really hooked by it as more and more of my friends began taking part in it. After a traumatic start to 2011, with my Mum's declining health and tragic death at the beginning of May, I decided to enter my first 10in10 in 2012. I am now looking forward to becoming the first lady to complete the Brathay 10in10 four times. I feel very lucky to have had a supportive and stable upbringing, but I know that there are many children, and young people, who aren't that fortunate. For them the work that Brathay Trust does is hugely important, especially in such difficult financial times. Back to top

Paul Dewar

I reached a landmark birthday this year, my 50th. What better way to celebrate it than raising some money for Brathay and running 10 marathons in 10 days, as well as some other crazy stuff. My long suffering wife and greatest supporter Trudi and I have been involved with Brathay for a number of years so it was only natural that I would want to have another crack at this event. If nothing else to prove that it wasn't a fluke the first time around!

I started running when I was at school, but only completing my first marathon in Sheffield in 1996. I ran four more marathons before stopping due to work commitments. In 2011 I stumbled across the Brathay Windermere Marathon and the inspirational 10in10 runners. By 2012 I had been accepted and joined that year’s cohort.

Since then I have run a number of marathons and even dabbled in long distance triathlons – a total of 68 marathons - all the time raising money for Brathay. I even managed to inspire Trudi to run the New York Marathon last year, and ran all the way with her, a very special day indeed. Other personal highlights include my first Ironman in 2013 and helping others to achieve their dreams at the marathon distance.

So, what is this other crazy stuff I mentioned? Well, basically I am incorporating the 10 in 10 into my own self-made challenge of epic proportions. My challenge will start on the 2nd May when I will set off from Land’s End, cycle to John O’ Groats and return to Ambleside in 10 days - a distance of some 1350 miles. The following day, which is the day before my 10in10 challenge starts, I will attempt to swim the length of Lake Windermere, a distance of 10½ miles. Hopefully I will still be in one piece and able to tackle the first of 10 marathons the following day. You can find out more here:

I may have done the Brathay 10in10 before, but my challenge is nonetheless a huge undertaking in both physical terms and mentally. The memories of the pain and suffering I went through, and also watching the suffering of the athletes over the last few years are a testament to that. Can I do it again after putting my body through so much before the start? Who knows, time will tell, but I will do my best and in doing so will try and raise as much money as possible for Brathay so that they can continue to support those young people that society seems to have forgotten about.

I know that the money I raise will be going to support schemes in Cumbria, so my local charity supporting local children and young adults.
Please give what you can, it's definitely not going to be easy.

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Sonja Foster

I live in Barrow-upon-Furness, I am 46 years old and this will be my 2nd 10in10. I’m a ‘run leader’ with Run England for Parkside Panthers, which developed as a result of my role in training 42 women to run ‘Race for Life’. I’m also a member of Barrow & Furness Striders. I work for Barrow Borough Council, as a Fitness Instructor, Lifeguard, Duty Officer and Swimming Teacher, and I am a swimming teacher for Nuffield Health. I have always been a very fit and active person and I enjoy challenging both my mental and physical abilities.

My running career began with the London Marathon (2004) and since then I’ve run 21 marathons. I have been lucky enough to train with some local running legends. Their running stories have inspired me to go for my dreams. Last year’s 10in10 was, without doubt, my biggest challenge and pushed me to my limits. I am as determined as ever to do it all again. I hope to inspire other ordinary women like me to do something replace with extraordinary and to enrich their own lives.

I work two jobs whilst bringing up my own family. I am also a grandmother and use the rest of my free time coaching other runners and encouraging people to discover the many health giving benefits of running and exercise. I have raised about £20,000 over 10 years for various charities. Whilst at Brathay I got an insight into some of the work they do, a fantastic charity with a fantastic team behind it. Back to top

Rob Byrne

A little about me – I’m 29 years old and from Gosport (near Portsmouth). I have lived on the South Coast all my life. I started properly running a couple of years ago, and I decided that the best place to start would be the 100km ‘Race to the Stones’. I was wrong. I didn’t know quite how wrong I was about training, nutrition, pacing and everything else until I hit the 70km checkpoint and I could go no further! That was when I knew it was in me, but I needed to work on it.

Since then I’ve run a few marathons and in November I will run the ‘The Velothon’. There is something about running round and round in circles that attracts me to it – perhaps it reminds me of my job. I also revisited ‘Race to the Stones’ in July (2015) and beat it. It’s something I’m hugely proud of as I don’t take defeat very well! This is part of the reason for entering the 10in10, after running an ultra and feeling pretty good about myself I looked at what else was out there, and finally I found a proper test. I know this is going to be tough both mentally and physically, but it means something, and not just to me – it means doing something good by doing something I love. If we could all do that we’d all be a lot happier!

My motivation comes from my running club, Gosport Road Runners, a friendly and supportive club who have made me feel welcome from day one. I really do love being part of a community of runners, where there always a social side and a quiet, secret level of competition!

I’m pretty new to fundraising, but I know how important Brathay’s work is and how much it means to the young people they support. The 10in10 is such a great opportunity for me to get involved with a great cause and I’m really excited to be part of a great team, I hope my enthusiasm gives me an edge and really inspires people to support me and Brathay.

I am completely new to the 10in10 and I hope people can get behind me and follow my progress. People seem amazed that this guy at the builders’ merchant, me, runs marathons at the weekend. I like to think I’m pretty much normal apart from that, but my family will tell you otherwise!

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