Brathay 10in10 Athlete
My name is Daniel Kershaw, 42 years old and a proud dad to two wonderful children. I am a member of the Falkland Trail Runners and more recently, the 100 Marathon Club. I work as an IS Support Officer and have a great love of wild places, especially running on the hills and trails of Scotland and within the Lake District.
I started running when my daughter was born, about 9 years ago, to try and improve my overall health and fitness. Since then, I have run over 300 races, including 105 marathons and ultras. I love running back-to-back races and have previously completed the Quadrathon, an event consisting of running four hilly road marathons in four days in Donegal, Ireland, and averaged 4 hrs and 19 mins per marathon. Following this achievement, the Brathay 10in10 is the next logical step in my running journey. Brathay Trust is also a personally endearing and worthwhile cause as my own father benefited from one of Brathay’s residential programmes whilst staying at Brathay Hall as a teenager.
Throughout my running career, I have raised over £7000 for various children’s charities including CHAS and War Child. I have also crowdfunded a stray cat who crawled through our cat-flap after being hit by a car. Thanks to world-wide donations, he was able to have his leg amputated with a prolonged stay at the vets and is now our beloved family pet called Meatball.
My main fear in undertaking the Brathay 10in10 is injury however, with the support of my friends and family, I have worked through many injuries on my journey to 100 marathons and hope to continue to do so throughout this challenge. With the beautiful scenery of the Lake District, it’s easy to maintain motivation by looking around me, enjoying the scenery and feeling at one with nature.
My ultimate inspirations are my support network: my wonderful family and my friends within the running community. My fellow runners and I undertake all manners of crazy challenges most weekends and we constantly support and push one another further than we thought possible. My partner, Clare, and two children, Sophie and Jack, have continuously supported my running adventures. They are the true inspiration behind my running journey as I strive to inspire Sophie and Jack and show them they are capable of anything they set their minds to.
- 2020: Brathay 10in10 Donate
Interested in the 10in10?
Are you an experienced marathon runner and up for a new challenge? Would you like to be one of the few specially chosen athletes to run the annual Brathay 10in10 Challenge Event while raising money and awareness for the charity?How can I apply?