The Brathay 10in10 Windermere Marathon was inspired by the achievements of Sir Rannulph Fiennes, and his seven marathons in seven days in different continents,
In 2004 Christopher Ball decided to try this out for himself when he ran seven marathons in seven days, running the length of the Thames from the source to Tower Bridge in a week, then aged 69. Christopher was confident that he could increase this to 10 in 10 days and looked for an opportunity to undertake this challenge with like-minded enthusiasts.”
In the summer of 2006 Christopher (a Fellow of Brathay Trust) approached Brathay with the idea that a ‘10 Marathons in 10 days challenge’ be held in conjunction with the inaugural Brathay Windermere Marathon.
On 11 May 2007 the first Brathay 10 in 10 was started by its Patron, the legendary Joss Naylor. Eight endurance athletes then continued their remarkable journey with seven of them completing the 10 consecutive circuits of Windermere, England’s largest lake, on 18 May 2007.
This year 966 competitors took part in the Windermere Marathon. The Chief Executive of the Brathay Trust, Godfrey Owen when writing to thank the Provincial Grand Master for the help given by brethren from the Furness and South Lakeland Group said that the marathon could not take place without the huge range of supporters who help each year. He continued: “We are immensely grateful for the support the West Lancashire Freemasons the event over the last nine years. It is so reassuring to have a team of marshals who are familiar with the role and the intricacies of specific marshalling locations along the route. We enjoy working with the every year and the runners value the friendly faces along the route.”
To find out more about the Brathay Trust and how every £1 raised from runners’ sponsorship and Family Fun Day activities goes into continuing their mission to improve the life chances of children and young people in the UK visit: http://www.brathaywindermeremarathon.org.uk/