Simon Eaton

Brathay 10in10 Athlete

Always driven to help those less fortunate than myself and believing it’s the right thing to do to give back into the community, raising money for amazing charities is in my DNA. As a trustee for Mencap and having a daughter with learning disabilities and a rare disease, Sotos I truly appreciate the amazing support and opportunities charities provide to individuals, their families and the wider community. Brathay Trust is another brilliant example of just this, hence why I want to help those young people in need and complete the Brathay 10 in 10.

I’m Simon Eaton from Fleetwood where I live with my wife Sue, daughter Emily and two lively Labradors. 53 years young and passionate about running both on the road and in the Lakeland fells, endurance events and raising money for charity has very much become part of my life for over 30 years. With over 15 marathons completed (London seven times!) and several other ultras including the Lakeland 50 six times I’ve continued to push myself further taking on longer distances and have never looked back.

I get such a buzz from the moment I click apply and sign up for an event, throughout all the training and right through to crossing the finishing line. As much as I do it for that sense of personal achievement and pushing my limits further each time, I love being part of the community of like-minded souls that too are participating and feeling the energy from everyone involved knowing what it’s taken to be there and the support from friends and family alike.

The 10 in 10 has been on my radar for the past few years and I’ve always respected those taking part in this incredible achievement. Following the loss of both my father and father-in-law  in the last 12 months, my love for running and participating in events took a real setback. Dusting off my trainers this summer I’m conscious how much running really means to me and adds to my life. And what it enables me to give back. I know I can better my performance and really push myself. Signing up for 10 marathons in 10 days has really helped me to get my mojo back – especially as it’s going to give me my greatest challenge to date and I’m really excited to have the focus of not only the event itself, but the training plan and little wins from all things I need to put in place to get me to the start line, including my personal trainer, physio and getting on top of my diet! When those dark days come in the middle of winter and I question getting out of bed, this challenge will give me the motivation to get out there and train remembering how I’m helping those in greater need than me.

Writing this I already feel the emotion of what it will be like to cross that finishing line. And I feel very privileged to physically and mentally take on this challenge and become part of this special community I’ve long respected. Moreover making such a difference to young people’s lives is what spurs me on and I hope to make those around me proud for stepping up my game. And I know my dad will be watching over me with pride too.

Experience

  • 2023:

50%

£2,500

Goal: £5,000

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