Sixteen people take first of 330,000 steps towards completing 10 marathons in as many days as they pledge to raise £91,000 for Ambleside youth charity Brathay Trust.
Their physical and mental challenge begins today at the charity’s base and residential centre, Brathay Hall.
Barrow runner and '10in10' veteran Sonja Foster is taking part for the third consecutive year. She is joined this time by Ulverston runners Jim Abel and Trudi Dewar running for the first time alongside Matthew Bellingham from Windermere.
The Brathay ‘10in10’, described as the UK’s ultimate endurance running event for non-athletes, is 10 breath-taking laps around the beautiful and hilly edges of Windermere through honey-pot villages.
Legendary fell runner Joss Naylor MBE, Patron of the Brathay 10in10, will see all 16 runners off on their first marathon and will welcome them back from their last, on Sunday 21 May. The last marathon, or heroes lap, is also the one day ASICS Windermere Marathon which attracts 900 runners.
During the event the runners live on site supported by a team which includes professional sport therapists and second year sports therapy students from the University of Cumbria. The University is carrying out a third year of research into the non-professional athletes running multiple marathons.
Dr Katie Small from the University of Cumbria said: “Whilst more and more non-professional runners are taking part in multi-day marathons there is little research into injury rates and types of injuries. Runners also tell us that it’s hard to find any advice on what sort of training to do and how much of it to do. Our research hopes to answer some of these questions.
“We also hope to see fewer injuries as a result of meeting the runners in January and giving them five top injury prevention exercises to follow.”
The runners are hoping people who see them running through the villages and around the Lake each day will support them by texting 70070 with the message MARA26 and the donation amount.
Choose Cumbria is proud to support the ASICS Windermere Marathon, which takes place on Sunday, May 21.
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