In May next year, 14 hardy competitors will test their powers of endurance to compete in what renowned adventurer Bear Grylls termed as 'an epic challenge that will require an epic strength of mind', the Brathay 10 in 10. Conformation of the runners taking part comes shortly after race organisers announced that, in recognition of the 10 year anniversary celebrations, the 2016 event will play host to a half marathon.
In 2007 Sir Christopher Ball, a fellow of Brathay Trust, suggested that the Brathay Windermere marathon incorporates a 10 marathons in 10 days endurance running event - 262 miles over 10 days around England's largest lake. In its first year, eight dedicated athletes established benchmark times and developed a model of support required to complete 10 marathons over consecutive days.
Regarded as one of the most scenic marathons in the UK, the 26.2 anti-clockwise lap around Lake Windermere takes in the honey-pot sites of Hawkshead, Newby Bridge, Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside.
The 14 runners who comprise the 2016 team include four first-timers (Adrian Brooks, Rob Bryne, Donna Fitzpatrick and Helen McLoughlin). A full list of each runner’s profile is available at the Brathay 10 in 10 website.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary, organisers launched a competition to come up with the design for the race medal. The winner turned out to be eight-year-old Freddie Dixon, a keen young fell and cross runner whose family all run and support the charity’s marathoners each year.
The event is held to raise funds to support Brathay Trust's work with underprivileged children and young people.