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Getting to the event

Brathay Hall, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0HP

Brathay Hall is the event centre for the ASICS Windermere Marathon, Brathay 10in10, Brathay Cycling sportives and Brathay Rowing events. It is set in beautiful scenery at the centre of the Lake District on the shore of Windermere, England's largest lake.

Brathay is 1.2 miles from Ambleside, a bustling market town providing everything a visitor could want from numerous shops for outdoor enthusiasts, to local hospitality provided by many restaurants, cafes and bars.

Travelling by car

With easy access from the M6 (J36 from the South - 28 miles, J40 from the North - 29 miles) A591 to Ambleside, follow the A593 and B5286 for 1.2 miles.

Travelling by train

There are excellent rail connections to Windermere station (via Oxenholme on the West Coast mainline) which is only 5 miles from Brathay. Bus and taxi services are available at Windermere station.

The original 10in10

In 2007 Sir Christopher Ball suggested that the Windermere Marathon incorporated a 10 marathons in 10 days event. 12 years later it's one of the "UK's toughest running events".

"I remember turning up at the January training weekend for the 10in10 and being in total awe of the other runners in the room. I felt enveloped by optimism. We were called "athletes"; there was a team to support us. No-one ever doubted we would succeed and because of that you start to believe it yourself." Eleanor Tillotson - 10in10 runner

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Brathay 10in10 Club Members

Our Brathay 10in10 athletes are a special bunch, including Guinness World Record holders!

Download the 10In10 Club Members PDF

Getting to the event

Brathay Hall, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0HP

Brathay Hall is the event centre for the ASICS Windermere Marathon, Brathay 10in10, Brathay Cycling sportives and Brathay Rowing events. It is set in beautiful scenery at the centre of the Lake District on the shore of Windermere, England's largest lake.

Brathay is 1.2 miles from Ambleside, a bustling market town providing everything a visitor could want from numerous shops for outdoor enthusiasts, to local hospitality provided by many restaurants, cafes and bars.

Travelling by car

With easy access from the M6 (J36 from the South - 28 miles, J40 from the North - 29 miles) A591 to Ambleside, follow the A593 and B5286 for 1.2 miles.

Travelling by train

There are excellent rail connections to Windermere station (via Oxenholme on the West Coast mainline) which is only 5 miles from Brathay. Bus and taxi services are available at Windermere station.

Key Facts

7
Runners finished the first event in 2007

20
Sports therapists used each year

43,125
10in10 miles covered

£1,000,000+
Raised to help vulnerable young people

Route

A 26.2 mile anti-clockwise circuit of Windermere, taking in Hawkshead, Newby Bridge, Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside along the way.

Legendary fell runner Joss Naylor MBE is Patron of the Brathay10in10. Joss will be on the start line to see all the runners off for their first marathon and returns to welcome them back after running 262 miles over 10 days.

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Brathay Hall

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Brathay Hall provides a stunning event centre for the Windermere Marathon. This Georgian country house overlooks the northern shore of Windermere with a backdrop of Lake District fells. Runners often tell us that the lawn at Brathay Hall, with stunning scenery all around, provides the most memorable marathon finish line experience anywhere. The grounds of Brathay Hall also provide the setting for Go Active at Brathay, with refreshments, activities and entertainment to keep spectators and visitors busy while the marathon takes place.

Hawkshead Village

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Hawkshead is a truly historic and wonderfully picturesque village characterised by its cluster of whitewashed houses, archways and alleyways, courtyards and squares. The Windermere Marathon course passes through the pedestrianised centre of the village where spectators can support the runners while enjoying the hospitality of the village’s cafes, shops and pubs. Children from Hawkshead Esthwaite Primary School provide enthusiastic support for the Brathay 10in10, coming out to cheer the runners on as they pass the school.

Devil's Gallop

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The Windermere Marathon has a reputation as one of the most challenging road marathons in the UK. Categorised by Runner’s World as ‘undulating’, the 26.2 mile course includes 1,400ft (430m) of ascent. This does of course mean that there is also 1,400ft of downhill running! Mile 7 sees runners experiencing the longest ascent of the course – known locally as ‘The Devil’s Gallop’. The section of the course involves a steady climb of 200ft over a half mile – with the welcome respite of a gentle downhill to follow.

Newby Bridge

Adam And Train Newby Bridge

Newby Bridge, while not quite half way, feels like a significant milestone on the Windermere Marathon course. This is where runners cross the River Leven as it flows out of Windermere, follow the A590 for a short distance, and then start the journey back up the east side of the lake. The Swan Hotel provides the ideal location for spectators to cheer runners past the river side terrace. And if they’re lucky, runners might also glimpse one of the steam trains on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway.

'Ice Cream Mountain' (Rayrigg Road viewpoint)

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With 5 miles still to go this short, steep climb should be approached with respect! While only an ascent of 50ft over almost a quarter of a mile, the steep gradient can make already tired legs scream for respite. And of course....with each marathon over the 10 days Ice Cream Mountain will feel progressively longer and steeper. By the time Day 10 comes around this gem of a climb will appear at mile 257! However, runners can expect an enthusiastic group of supporters welcoming them to the top.

Low Wood Bay

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Set on the A591 this lake front marina and hotel is 2 miles from Ambleside. At this point the runners emerge from a tree lined section of the course to be rewarded with views over the lake to the Langdale Pikes. More significantly, given that they will have been running for 24 miles, they will get a glimpse of the finish line across the lake and even hear the announcements at the event centre as the excitement builds.

News

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Congratulations to Joss Naylor on completing his Wasdale to Brathay challenge

30 miles of fells aged 82 and not even breaking a sweat.

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Deciding what to do with Matt Campbell’s fundraising money

​Matt Campbell’s untimely death has led to donations in excess of £367,000.

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Special achievement award for Cumbria’s Anne Bland

The achievements of a Staveley woman, linked to our marathon, have been recognised by Joss Naylor MBE.

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Congratulations to Adrian Brooks

As he crossed the finish line he has become a member of the 100 Marathon Club.

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Entries to 2018 ASICS Windermere Marathon are now closed

We are set for our third biggest marathon ever

Sponsors

A special thank you to all our sponsors and partners. Without your support we wouldn't be able to make the Brathay 10in10 the successful event that it is.

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Training

Whatever your level of experience we have some helpful training tips and advice to get you to the start line on Day 1 in the best possible shape.

Other events

If you've decided that 10 marathons in 10 days isn't for you (and you won't be alone there!), we have other running events which may better suit your goals. You may also prefer a cycling or rowing event.

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