ASICS Windermere Marathon early bird entries are off to a flying start

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ASICS Windermere Marathon early bird entries off to a flying start - a new series of medals by a local artist is helping say youth charity organisers Brathay Trust

Early bird entries to the 2018 ASICS Windermere Marathon are off to a flying start say youth charity organisers Brathay Trust. They believe a new series of medals by a Kentmere artist are helping to attract runners to the event which takes place on Sunday 20 May at Brathay Hall near Ambleside.

Now one of a handful of marathons run entirely within a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is described as the friendliest and most beautiful UK marathon. Only 100 early bird places remain.

It’s hilly, breath-taking course, can attract as many as 1,000 runners and the 2018 event will, for the first time, raise funds to help young people struggling with mental health difficulties.

Artist George Grange has captured four scenes along its route which fit together and will be presented to race finishers over the next four years. The silver coloured medals show Brathay Hall, the picture-perfect start and finish line, and the villages of Hawskhead, Bowness and Newby Bridge.

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Brathay Trust has been successfully improving the life chances of young people for 70 years. Last year (2016) the charity worked with over 7,000 young people.

Their NEW ‘Young Minds Matter’ appeal aims to raise £45,000 to provide targeted support for those struggling with mental health. Brathay says the number of young people struggling with this form of ill health has more than doubled in recent years.


Get yourself ready for the upcoming challenges and remember... 

Overload (put in some quality training) + Recover = Adaptation (the body mending itself to be stronger than it was before)

So it's time to plan how you will execute that equation.

Many people will have more days where it will be possible, during the day time, to train and also have time to rest or nap a little and cook healthy food and so you could possibly run a little further or a little faster than you normally would but always being mindful that any increase in training load is sensible, that you only do what your body is strong enough to handle and that you stick to the general rule of thumb that an easy day follows a hard day.

The other factor to consider is whether you are racing during the preparation period for your key event. There are plenty of races to choose from and you may benefit from an easy training day before any race that you want to do well in.

Whenever, wherever and whatever you do we hope you have a great event day! Leave a message on our facebook page to tell us where you ventured, what you did and how it went! 

Good luck!