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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

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Ten consecutive marathon challenge to start in Cumbria today

AN EPIC race which challenges people to run ten consecutive marathons in ten days will start later today in Cumbria.

The Brathay 10in10 challenge gets under way in Ambleside at the charity’s base near Brathay Hall, when 15 competitors take to the start line.

Runners are taking part to raise thousands for charity and each day, until Sunday May 18, will run 26.2 miles in an anti-clockwise direction around Windermere.

The route will take in Hawkshead, Newby Bridge, Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside.

The runners range from the inexperienced: a 51-year-old father from Bolton who has only ever run one marathon, to the very experienced: a 27-year-old from Newark who has notched up 144 marathons and wants to beat his own world record by running each in under three hours.

Jon Owen, race director at the Brathay Trust, said: “It requires an amazing strength of mind and proves that ordinary people can do extraordinary things.”

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