Brathay 10in10 Athlete
I’m Joe Morrell and currently a student at the University of Cumbria studying Sports Rehabilitation BSc. My main sporting endeavours up to this point have been football, badminton and sprinting, which I’ve been reliably informed is the wrong type of running for a marathon or 10- who knew!? The run-up to the 10in10 will prove incredibly challenging as I try to balance training with fundraising, chairing the UoC Badminton team and a dissertation to boot! However, with the incredibly supportive network at the University and the support of my family, partner and peers I couldn’t be in a better place to do this. The Greatest Showman’s ‘This Is Me’ soundtrack does wonders motivating me on these long runs too!
By the start of the 10 in 10 in May I will be 25, 1 year on (give or take 10 days) since my first marathon- the Asics Lake Windermere marathon. This was in my head, a one off but how wrong was I! Ironically, I provided rehabilitation and physio for the 2018 10in10ers which, initially, was only a means to attain placement hours to finish my degree. Unbeknownst to me, I was about to become infected by what marathon runners refer to as the marathon 'bug', or more to the point the 'Brathay effect'.
It quickly became apparent whilst closely working with the 2018 10in10ers that although life can get you down, spirit and determination is key in the eyes of these athletes. This was further highlighted by the inspiring 10in10 athlete I provided physio for and with whom I was coupled up with for the whole 10 days (coupling was not inspired by Love Island might I add). Let me pay homage to Mr. Brown, Mr. Paul Brown, who finished all 10 marathons within 3.33:00!!!
After 9 days of stories, laughter and some emotional tears, it was time to start my first marathon! I should point out that I was eloquently... okay, easily persuaded to run the marathon by the 10in10ers. I thought to myself: ‘If they can do 10, I can certainly do 1’. Obviously, they became my famous last words as I struggled round the course in 4.33:55, but most importantly, I finished and so did every 10in10er! Inspired by this, I quickly entered and completed the Huddersfield marathon. I am so grateful and inspired by Brathay as a charity - without them and my personal experiences helping at the 2018 10in10, I wouldn’t be where I am now, about to embark on my own attempt at the 2019 10in10.
As a child cancer survivor, I strongly believe that every young person deserves a chance at life. I might be left with physical scars, but it was the mental scars which effectively stopped me living my younger years the way I wanted to. In my eyes, time has been lost and now I’m trying to get it back. So, I’m proudly representing the Brathay trust, ensuring that every young person they work with has the opportunity to fulfil their own potential. Mind over matter, be who you want to be and bring it on!
- 2018: Windermere Marathon
- 2018: Huddersfield Marathon
- 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?