Now in its 6th year the Brathay Windermere Marathon has gone from strength to strength since it was launched, in 2007, originally as a one off event to celebrate Brathay’s 60th anniversary.
And now we have received the ultimate accolade for our annual flagship fundraising event, as it has been named as the second most popular Marathon in the UK.Amazingly, we beat off stiff competition in the form of the world famous Virgin London Marathon and the much celebrated Liverpool Marathon, who finished in 8th and 10th position respectively.
Arguably one of the most beautiful, distinctive and challenging marathon routes in Europe the stunning terrain around Windermere has captured the imagination of the running fraternity. Indeed it was the result of the 680,000 members of runnersworld.co.uk placing 18,594 reviews, of over 3,600 events, that led to the prestigious second place showing.
Scott Umpleby, Race Director, was delighted with the result: “This shows the real affection that runners have for the Brathay Windermere Marathon. Our 26.2 mile course follows the edge of Windermere and Esthwaite Water so it’s no surprise that we scored extremely highly for scenery. But our event is much more than that as we pride ourselves in the services that we provide before, during and after the marathon. Safety, accessibility and attention to detail are a major feature of what we deliver and I think runners appreciate this.”
The Brathay Windermere Marathon also incorporates a Family Fun Day aimed at providing fantastic entertainment, local crafts and high quality food and drink for runners, their families and tourists.
“Visitors enjoy the carnival atmosphere that we provide”, continued Umpleby, ”and we strive to create a day for runners and non-runner’s alike. People are as likely to go away with great memories of bands, circus acts or hot air balloons as they are runners, which is why we believe it such a great day out for the whole family.”
Keith Davison, who ran in the event in 2010 said: “Not only is the event organised impeccably, the level of support and goodwill from marshals all the way around was hugely encouraging. Every event official I came into contact with was invariably helpful and cheerful throughout. The superb location, event facilities and above all the genuinely encouraging, inclusive atmosphere gave the day a real feeling of celebration.”