Hilary Ridway began running by training to take part in our annual Windermere marathon. She’s now an ultra-athlete and encourages others to find the same hidden strength that she found through Brathay.

'Brathay was my first marathon ever, and only did that after being 'encouraged ' by Sonja, a runner from Barrow who’s completed many of Brathay’s 10in10 challenges where you run 10 marathons in in 10 days. I then went on to do the London marathon and now I run ultra-marathons of 50 miles or more. The confidence and wellbeing I get from running has got me through a tough 18 months recently while encouraging others to try longer runs, literally dragging them out to share the love, gives me immense pleasure too. I love it when you can see them finding strength that they never knew they had.

Brathay is a super place, with a great mission and vision. The charity’s running events are very friendly but challenging, just what running should be about.'
Get Involved!
  • Follow the campaign on our social media pages, like, retweet and reply to us, using #75StoriestoTell
  • Tell your family and friends about the campaign!
  • Share your story - You can tell your story in words, or we can interview and film you, or better still, you can film yourself talking to camera and send us the film to use. Films should be no longer than 60 seconds and we can provide you with a quick easy guide to self-filming if this is something new to you.

Just tell us who you are, what your connection to Brathay is, and how Brathay has changed your life. It need only be a small change, like leading you to new job, finding more self-confidence, climbing a mountain for the first time – whatever your experience has been we want to hear about it!

Once you’ve finished, be sure to send your video via https://wetransfer.com to Sophie's email here. Or better still, just post to social media using #75StoriestoTell.

With your permission, we will publish your story alongside others on our website and social media over the course of 2021.

We hope you are as excited as we are about the prospect of collating 75 unique stories to make 75 successful years!