Windermere Marathon

Windermere's Waiting...

Entries open today for the simply beautiful Windermere Marathon...

The UK isn't short of aesthetically pleasing running events, whether you're based in Scotland, England, Ireland or Wales there are plenty of stunning races with routes that really do inspire runners to 'keep going'... One of these events opens for entries today (8 September at 10am), so why not make big springtime running plans and take a trip to Cumbria for the 2024 staging of the stunning ASICS Windermere Marathon? 

Set for 18 May this race is often described as the friendliest and most beautiful UK marathon and it is easy to see why. The wonderful, undulating road marathon follows a 26.2 mile anti-clockwise circuit of Windermere through the villages of Hawkshead, Newby Bridge, Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside, finishing at Brathay Hall with stunning views over England’s largest lake.

Over half the course is run on partially traffic-free roads or roads with a dedicated running lane. It has outstanding local support and, to top it all, you get to see the inspirational Brathay 10in10 runners completing their final marathon.

Climbing legs are needed at 7 miles when they hit the longest hill in the race known as ‘The Devil’s Gallop’. That section might be more of a grind than a gallop as it goes up for over half a mile but there is some respite in the form of a downhill section. 

Organisers, Brathay Challenges, say: "One of a handful of marathons run entirely within a UNESCO World Heritage Site you will finish this breathtaking course, amidst a carnival atmosphere, in the grounds of Brathay Hall with stunning views over Lake Windermere."

If you'd like to know more, visit the Brathay Challenges website. 

Image: Brathay Challenges Facebook 

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