Helen Renton

Brathay 262 Athlete

I'm a 42-year-old midwife from North Lincolnshire. I have 3 children aged 18, 14 & 2. My partner Chris has completed the Brathay 10 marathons in 10 days challenge 3 times and is heading for a 4th attempt in 2020; I've completed it once in 2016 finishing fastest female over the 10 days.

I've always been a keen runner and cyclist but in recent years cycling has taken over. I love it! I love my bike! Being outdoors and enjoying some challenging yet beautiful areas of the UK - what's not to like?

When I read about Brathay 262 in early 2019 I decided I would apply - after 10 laps in my running shoes I thought it would be interesting to try the same on my bike. I was lucky enough to have my application accepted.

Fast forward to June 2019 and I had my first attempt at cycling the same 10 laps of beautiful Lake Windermere. 262 miles, 19,000 feet climbing, 24 hours to complete the challenge. On a sweltering day in June heatstroke beat me after 6 laps.

After a summer of learning pacing and refuelling strategies through sportive events - finishing 1st female in a couple 100 milers - and with a winter cycling trip to Portugal planned, I'm back in 2020 to complete the full challenge.

Alongside the personal challenge of the 262, fundraising for Brathay Trust means more than ever to me. A turbulent couple of years with a close family member has opened my eyes wide to the importance of professional and approachable support to vulnerable young members of our community and their families. With that in mind I'll be giving every bit of myself to the 262 in 2020 and hope to get some great support behind me!

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£1,114

Goal: £500

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Experience

  • 2017: Yorkshire 2 Day Bike Challenge
  • 2018: Festive 50 2017
  • 2019: Ross Tiger 100
  • 2019: East Riding 100
  • 2019: King Edward 100
  • 2019: Flat 100
  • 2019: York 100 (1st Lady)
  • 2019: Trent Valley 100
  • 2019: Tour of the Algarve with Sportive HQ
  • 2019: Cumbrian Cracker
  • 2021: Brathay 262 Donate

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