The piercing crack of a shotgun got our intrepid 10in10 runners off to a flying start this morning, in their bid to complete the most arduous endurance run in the world.
The weather, though overcast, behaved itself and the crowd that had gathered to cheer the 18 hardy souls on their way were treated to an inspiring pep-talk from local fell-running legend Joss Naylor.
Ahead of the start Paul Dewar, licensee of the Stan Laurel Inn in Ulverston, explained how he was feeling minutes before the biggest running challenge of his life: "I've prepared well for the event and in my busiest week I ran 130 miles. The first three or four marathons should be relatively easy but after that it's all down to avoiding injury. That's the biggest worry, little niggles that develop into something worse."
But Paul was confident that the expert medical support would play a part in seeing him complete the challenge: "The Body Rehab team will ensure that I get the best possible advice and I'm confident that they will keep me on the road. The team sprit of the group is already beginning to kick in and if any of the group hit any psychological barriers I'm sure we'll help each other through it."
With that Paul made his way over to Peter Marshall, from BBC Northwest Tonight, to be interviewed ahead of this evening's news program.