Brathay 10in10 Athlete
Hello, I’m Alyssa. I live in Liverpool but you’ll often find me in Snowdonia, the Lakes, Dartmoor… or anywhere with big hills and good pubs. Over the next few months, I expect I’ll become well acquainted with both of these things as I get stuck into my training for the Brathay 10in10 and realise just what completing ten marathons in ten days is going to take!
For those who know me, it will probably come as little surprise that I’ve entered the 10in10 as I’m no good at sitting still and am always looking for the next challenge, but am also determined and dedicated when I put my mind to it. I started running in June 2016 after a couple of beers too many and an existential crisis over turning 30 (how few worries I had back then!) prompted me to announce I wanted to run a marathon before the impending birthday. This was mainly met with laughter so I bought a pair of running shoes, ditched the cigarettes, and the following May completed the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in my home city. I got the bug completely and have since run various marathons and ultras, so a multi-day event seemed like the next logical step, and what better than the Original 10in10?
On a serious note, I was motivated to enter the Brathay 10in10 specifically as I have worked with some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged young people in the Merseyside area, focusing on their strengths to raise their aspirations, so believe very strongly in the power of the work that Brathay Trust does to inspire children, young people and families to make positive changes to improve their life chances. Every single person who donates, and every one of the thousands of young people Brathay works with each year, will genuinely help to motivate me when the going gets tough.
And tough it will get! I may have run a few races, but want to stress that this will be by far the toughest thing I have entered, both mentally and physically. The excitement of being part of an amazing and respected event, the chance to learn a thing or two about myself over the ten days, and the opportunity to raise money for such a deserving cause by far outweigh any nerves I might currently have, but maybe ask me again somewhere around day seven…!
I’m also a firm believer that a cold beer after a good run is one of the best things in life, so cannot wait to see what that first sip after the tenth marathon will taste like.
- 2017: Liverpool Rocn 'n' Roll Marathon
- 2017: Montane Lakeland 50 - my first (and fairly disasterous) Ultra
- 2018: Liverpool to Manchester - GB Ultras 50 Series
- 2018: Chester Ultra - GB Ultras 50 Series
- 2018: Pennine Barrier Ultra - GB Ultras 50 Series
- 2018: August Runing Challenge - ran the date in miles each day for charity
- 2019: Mikkeller Beer Mile Championships, Copenhagen
- 2019: Snowdonia Trail Marathon
- 2019: Cybi Coastal Marathon
- 2020: Endurance Life South Devon Coastal Trail Marathon
- 2020: Staffordshire Way – self-supported with wild camping
- 2021: Lakeland Trails Ambleside 55K
- 2021: Montane Lakeland 50 – take two!
- 2022: Brathay 10in10 Donate