Aly Knowles has worked for Brathay for 20 years and lives in Ulverston.
Passionately committed to our work in her local area, Aly raised nearly £8,500 for us by taking part in our 10in10 marathon challenge, and now supports other runners to complete this epic feat of endurance, and raise vital funds for us, as Operations Manager for the event.
“I have worked at Brathay since 1998 and I love this very special place, our work with young people and everything it stands for, with a passion. My current role is Operations Manager for our Challenge Events. This means I have operational responsibility for the 10in10, the marathon and our cycling events.
I am married to Mac and we have two sons, 28-year-old Gareth and 20-year-old Morgan. I began running in my late thirties and I ran my first ever marathon in London just five months after the birth of my second son. I was then bitten by the ‘London Bug’ and I went on to run four more London Marathons. I have to date ran 36 marathons.
In 2008 after being inspired by previous 10in10 runners I made a decision to train for and run the following year’s 10in10 which I returned to complete in 2010. Over the two years when I was in training for the 10in10 I put my, and my family’s lives on hold, whilst I committed to train and raise money for Brathay (nearly £8,500). I know, therefore, first-hand, what the 10in10 runners go through. For me, it was an incredible journey which was life-changing. It is amazing to discover what your body can go through and the pain you can endure if you have the mental strength to see it through.
Since 2011 I have enjoyed being on the other side of the fence supporting runners through their journey.”
Here is Aly talking in 2013 about her 10in10 experience, and how it helped young people in her local communities: