The Windermere (Brathay) Marathon
Our Club Southern Representative told me this was a ďflat, fast road race IainĒ I guess Shaun Dodd was actually fibbing or that I misheard him about 4 years ago!
I finally got around to it this year. I look to do a fair few local marathons each year, as I could drive (well Mrs Hunter actually did that) to this race on the day all the better.† An early 6 am start was needed from home, to get to Brathay Hall in time to collect numbers and store a change of clothes etc.
The race itself is set up by Brathay Trust which helps youngsters with difficulties in life.† There is also a fun run on the day.† Perhaps the most impressive mention is the famous 10 in 10.† Thatís 10 marathons over 10 days over the course.† For this I believe the ten or so finishers are on course to raise £ 100,000 this year for the Brathay Trust.† The male course record for this 10 in 10 is just over 3 hours per race!.† Thatís rather scary as itís a road race like no otherÖÖÖÖÖÖ..
The day itself was very hot.†
The factor 50 sun lotion was on as was the mossie
spray and body glide.† The first half of
the marathon is on the west side of
This run was 3 weeks after the Highland Fling Ultra which took
over 12 hours, so it was a pleasant surprise that all felt ok at half way and
beyond. Actually at half way I had a chat with the Sunderland Strollers
Chairman as he was the same pace as us for a few miles.† Got to admit I hate the heat (
It started to be harder work for me later on, and with about 3 miles
to go I had to leave Susanne and climb over a stone wall for a wee, my sto
Goody bag at the end was water, flapjack, mint cake, medal and a pen.† There were plenty of cake stalls and things to see and do for spectators.† The changing room was great and the marshalling was very good. Free parking and enough road closures ensured it was safe enough for all.
Joss Naylor (Ultra marathon legend) was on hand to give out the main prizes and a lot (and quite rightly) is made of the 10 in 10 marathon runners.
Itís a long day but it was a good one, no doubt I will do it again.