Choose Cumbria has thrown its support behind a trio of nationally-renowned sporting charity challenges in May – the Keswick to Barrow Walk, Fred Whitton cycle challenge and Brathay Windermere Marathon.
The Keswick to Barrow (K2B) Walk – which celebrates its 50th year in 2016 – is a sponsored walking and running event where teams of between six and 12 members test themselves on a challenging route in the Lake District to raise money for charities and good causes.
The idea for the event was born from a statement made in 1966 by then U.S. President, John F Kennedy, that “every American should be capable of walking 50 miles a day”. Although not originally intended to be an annual event, the walk gained popularity and is now an important part of the Cumbrian calendar, attracting competitors from all over the UK.
The Brathay Windermere Marathon is now 10 years old and has generated over £1 million to help vulnerable children, young people and their families.
Also known as ‘The Beautiful Marathon’, the event is a 26.2 mile anti-clockwise lap around Windermere, while a half-marathon route takes in the cosy village of Hawkshead, Esthwaite Water and stunning views of the iconic Langdales and the surrounding fells.
The Fred Whitton Challenge has also raised over £1 million for charity thanks to cyclists of all abilities tackling a lung-busting 112-mile cycle sportive that takes in climbs of Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott and Wrynose passes.
A celebration of the life of popular Lakes Road Club member Fred Whitton, the event has a legendary status for its gruelling but rewarding route through the Lake District.
Luke Dicicco, project manager for Choose Cumbria, said: “We’re really excited to be supporting these three events – which not only attract competitors from all over the UK but also raise money for a wide variety of good causes, demonstrating the community spirit and togetherness which helps make Cumbria so special.
“There are lots of opportunities to live and work in Cumbria, while making the most of training in the Lake District all year round.”
This year’s Keswick to Barrow Walk takes place on Saturday May 7, the Fred Whitton Challenge on Sunday, May 8 and the Brathay Windermere Marathon and Half Marathon take place later in May on Sunday 22.
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