History of the Windermere Marathon

The original Windermere Marathon first took place in 1982 and ran between 1982-86 before being revived by Brathay Trust in 2007.

In 1982 a group of local runners and volunteers got together to form a Windermere Marathon committee and organised the first marathon around England's largest lake.

This group of enthusiasts included: Alan Dodds from Windermere Rotary Club, John Nettleton from Kendal AC, and Pete Bland, Chairman of Kendal AC. Pete's wife Anne Bland subsequently won the Ladies race twice in 1984 and '86. They were joined by Chris Brasher - who of course started the London Marathon, and John Disley. The inaugural Windermere Marathon in 1982 attracted 2,600 entries, at an entrance fee of £2.00!

Course Record

  • The course record of 2:23:16 was set by Mike Critchley of Bolton AC in 1985.
  • The women's record of 2:52:08 was set by Lorna Irving of Border Harriers in 1983.

Winners 1982-86

Year Name Club Time
1982 Nick Sirs Windsor Sloan & Eaton 2.27.02
1982 Melani Jones Essex Ladies 2.55.47
1983 Graham Huddleston Black Combe Runners 2.26.20
1983 Lorna Irving Border Harriers 2.52.08
1984 Ian Thompson Luton AC 2.27.08
1984 Anne Bland Kendal AC 2.58.02
1985 Mike Critchley Bolton AC 2.23.16
1985 Jackie Casey Black Combe Runners 2.59.25
1986 Tom Burgess St Helens 2.28.38
1986 Anne Bland Kendal AC 3.02.52