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Sunday, 23 November 2014

Brathay Windermere Marathon

RUNNERS tested their stamina at a Lakes distance event.

Some 875 people set off on the 26.2-mile Brathay Windermere Marathon course around the lake – shrugging off the rising temperatures of the weekend.

Participants are expected to have helped the fundraising total of £92,000 generated during the 10in10 – where runners complete the marathon 10 times in 10 days – top £100,000.

Jon Owen, race director, said the final total would provide an incredible boost to the Brathay Trust.

He said: “We’ve always had incredible support for these two very different marathon events since we launched them in 2007. They are the single most important fundraiser for our work with disadvantaged young people and this year has proven no exception.

“While the majority of the funds are raised by the small band of 10in10 runners, the one-day event and family fun day also helps to ensure our vital work continues.”

The cash will provide learning activities for underprivileged youngsters.

The route saw runners from across the North West, as well as from Japan, the US, Australia and the Netherlands, run anti-clockwise around Windermere taking in Hawkshead, Newby Bridge, Bowness and Ambleside. Some 14.2 miles of the course was shut to traffic.

The winner of the one-day marathon was Rochdale runner Christopher Merchant, who crossed the line in two hours 53 minutes. He was followed by 10in10 competitor Adam Holland, 27, from Nottinghamshire, who ran a two-hour, 54-minute marathon despite having done the course on each of the nine previous days.

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