Inspired by the achievements of Sir Ranulph Fiennes and his seven marathons in seven days in seven different continents, Christopher Ball decided to try this out for himself.
“I ran seven marathons in seven days in 2004, running the length of the Thames from the source to Tower Bridge in a week, then aged 69. I was confident I could increase this to ten in ten days and looked for an opportunity to undertake this challenge with like minded enthusiasts.” In summer 2006 Christopher Ball (a fellow of Brathay Trust) approached Brathay with the idea that a “10 Marathons in 10 Days Challenge” be held in conjunction with the inaugural Brathay Windermere Marathon. “As far as we knew this was to be the first time ten marathons was attempted in ten days around a measured, officially recognised marathon course. Sir Ranulph Fiennes was invited to take part but unfortunately had other commitments, however he sent this good wishes and a message of support for Brathay’s work with disadvantaged children and young people.” On 11th May 2007 the first Brathay 10 in 10 was started by its Patron, the legendary Joss Naylor. Eight endurance athletes then continued their remarkable journey with seven of them completing the ten consecutive circuits of Windermere, England’s largest lake, on 20th May 2007.
Since Sir Christopher Ball’s initial idea and the first tentative attempt to run 10 marathons over 10 consecutive days in 2007, the event has grown in scale and reputation. Each year around fifteen athletes train and fundraise to take on the challenge of the Brathay 10in10. Bear Grylls’ statement “An epic challenge that will require an epic strength of mind” has been seen to be true of all members of the distinctive Brathay 10in10 club. The Brathay 10in10 also inspires all who it touches, showing that ordinary people can do extra-ordinary things.
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I have now completed this challenge 4 times, in 2011, 2013, 2015 & 2016.