Eight-year-old Hawkshead School boy designs anniversary medal for Brathay's 2016 marathons

News5 2
23 Nov

Eight-year-old Freddie Dixon’s design will appear on thousands of medals being presented to those who complete Brathay Trust’s 2016 ‘10in10’ - ten marathons in ten days – the Windermere Marathon and a new Brathay Half Marathon.

Freddie, whose family all run and support the charity’s marathon runners each year, said he was pleased and excited to win. He received a plaque with his design, a gift token and torch from Paul Dewar, owner of the Stan Laurel Inn in Ulverston. Paul is running the 10in10 next year as part of a 21-day fundraising triathlon for Brathay, which works to improve the life chances of children, young people and families by inspiring them to engage positively in their communities.

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Freddie's wining design
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The new medal & logo based on Freddie's design

Brathay’s Sarah Thompson, who coordinated the competition with the school, said: “Every year Hawkshead School children come out to cheer on the 10in10 runners who pass their school each day. Their enthusiasm and support has a huge impact on the runners at time when they really need that morale boost.

“It’s been wonderful to have their help again in designing a special anniversary medal. The children created the designs in their art lessons with Mrs Bellis and as a result we had over 20 great entries to choose from. Freddie should be really proud of his winning design. ”

The Windermere Marathon, praised for its friendly marshals and dubbed ‘the beautiful marathon’, is an anti-clockwise 26.2-mile lap around Windermere and taking in Hawkshead, Newby Bridge, Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside.

The new Brathay Half Marathon, which will also start and end on the lawn at Brathay Hall, is a 13.1-mile route through Hawkshead to Esthwaite Water. Runners return with views of the iconic Langdales and the surrounding fells.

Those who sign up for either event by January 4 will qualify for a money-saving offer. The addition of junior races means all ages will be catered for next year.