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!
The course record of 2:23:16 was set by Mike Critchley of Bolton AC in 1985, so Jamie and I stand a good chance of getting a record at this one!!! ;0).
Along side the standard marathon are a group of loonies who take part in the Brathey 10 in 10, essentially they run the marathon ten times over on ten consecutive days!! Mad!
If you’re interested in finding out more about this particular race you can do so via the following link: http://www.brathaywindermeremarathon.org.uk/