Cyclist smashes Windermere course record in aid of charity
Record breaker: Dean Ware who se a new course record of 16 hours and 45 minutes for cycling around Windermere submitted
By Robert Haggis
14 July 2017 3:41PM
A CYCLIST has set a staggering new course record for a prestigious Windermere event, while raising money for charity.
The Brathay 262 is an ultra-cycling event, which sees competitors complete 10 laps of England’s biggest lake, hoping to finish in under 24 hours. The 262-mile course, on a mixture of A roads, B roads and dedicated cycle paths, involved a total ascent of 19,500 feet, the equivalent to cycling up Mount Kilimanjaro.
Three local cyclists formed part of the six who took on the challenge; Tony Gray, from Kendal, Chris Woodend, who lives in Windermere and Tim Woodburn, from Arnside.
Completing the event is an unbelievable achievement in itself, but Welshman Dean Ware went one better, setting a new course record of 16 hours and 45 minutes.
Brathay Event organiser Aly Knowles said: “There’s a lot of interest in technically challenging top end cycling events that take place in stunning settings, and the Brathay 262 definitely ticks all of those boxes.”
The six competitors managed to raise £3,500 for Brathay between them, which will be used to help a number of Britain’s vulnerable children and young adults. To find out more visit www.brathaychallenges.com/events/cycling