Brathay 10in10 Club Members

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

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The original 10in10 and the UK's ultimate endurance running event

Back in 2007 Sir Christopher Ball suggested that the ASICS Windermere Marathon incorporated a 10 marathons in 10 days endurance running event.

In its first year seven dedicated athletes established benchmark times and developed a model of support required to complete 10 marathons over consecutive days. The Brathay 10in10 is now regularly described as the "UK’s ultimate endurance running event.”

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 10in10 Club Members

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

Download the Brathay 10In10 Club Members May 2016 PDF

Key Facts

Runners completed first event in 2007

Sports therapists used each year

Feet of ascent over 10 days

Raised to help vulnerable young people


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

Over half the course is run on partially traffic-free roads or roads with a dedicated running lane. Runners say it's very well organised and the marshalls are very friendly.

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

Mark On Devils Elbow

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)

Ice Cream Mountain

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.


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Another great year at the London Marathon

A great big thank you to our London Marathon Gold Bond runners


We wish you well, our London Marathon runners

Best of luck to all those running the 2017 London Marathon

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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.



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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