Murdo Macleod headed to the Lake District for what has been described as one of the most scenic races in the UK, if a tough, undulating one. Originally staged from 1982 to 1986, the event was resurrected by the Brathay Trust in 2007, accompanied by the Brathay 10 in 10, the 10 Marathons in 10 Days Challenge, with the 10th lap of Windermere, the ‘Lap of Honour”, being completed on the Sunday of the marathon. This year there were 15 entrants and all 15 completed the 10 marathons, including Edinburgh bus driver Chris Renton, who came back for seconds after completing the event in 2014!
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Murdo said: “Managed to get my fat arse round the course. Basically an anti-clockwise route round Lake Windermere. Weather had been foul and forecast was dire but thankfully stayed dry till finished. Very friendly, well organised and marshalled and a beautifully scenic course, humply and rolling, particularly in the second half.
I really enjoyed the race although I’m glad I didn’t drive the route beforehand; it was a bit more rolling than expected, just under 2,000ft if my Garmin is to be believed. Bit breezy in the first half but behind in the second half. Stunning scenery and plenty variety to keep you interested all the way round. Nice vocal support in villages plus quiet country bits. Well organised with closed roads in the main, lots of lovely Marshals and all the monies went to a great cause to help Brathay in its work with disadvantaged young people http://www.
I would highly recommend the race to anyone; beautiful course, well organised, easy to get to in a lovely area. Always voted in the top section of scenic/enjoyable races and I can see why.