10 Mar

Brathay 262 involves cycling 10 laps of Windermere, England’s largest lake, in 24 hours...or less! Since the first event in 2016, only 17 cyclists have successfully completed the event within the 24 hour time limit, with a further 10 people making heroic attempts. Some are returning to complete unfinished business this year.

The record for the 10 laps stands at an impressive 15:55:56, set by Kieran Sandham in 2018, with Heather Martin Dye holding the women’s record of 21:27:00 set in 2016. Only one person, Steve Jones, has been brave enough to complete the event twice, setting his personal best time of 18:29:56 in 2018. However, last year’s winner Garry Barnes is returning for another 10 laps of this stunning course on 20th June.

Helen Renton and Sarah Procter

There are currently 10 cyclists training hard for the event and fundraising to support Brathay’s work with disadvantaged children, young people and families. They all met at Brathay Hall on Saturday to ride two training laps (52 miles) in typically damp Lake District weather. They also had the opportunity to hear more about Brathay Trust’s work, share fundraising practice and ideas and get more insight into the logistics and support behind the event. The day was a huge success with everyone leaving Brathay inspired to continue their training and plan further fundraising activity to help young people.

There’s still time to sign up for this year’s Brathay 262, so if you’d like the idea of riding 262 miles in 24 hours through stunning Lake District scenery, please complete the enquiry form here.