The Brathay Trust

The Brathay Trust aims to inspire children and young people to engage positively in their communities.

Brathay Trust has been inspiring young people since 1946. Some of those we work with today may be experiencing difficulties in their lives. By engaging with them we inspire them and help in developing their personal and social skills. We also increase their critical awareness and raise their aspirations, which enhance their life chances.

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Brathay’s Mission

Our aim is to become a leading charity that inspires children and young people to engage positively in their communities.

We recognise that children and young people face many challenges in their day-to-day lives, and we work with some of the most vulnerable, disengaged and ‘hard-to-reach’, helping them to develop the confidence, motivation, and skills they need to unlock their potential and make positive changes in their lives.

We deliver integrated community and residential programmes, at our Ambleside training HQ, that help young people to re-engage with education, have a voice in their community, become peer mentors and young leaders, and avoid or move away from criminal activity.

Programmes can be delivered in communities via our regional offices across the country. We have undertaken work in London, the Northwest, Yorkshire and Humberside, the Midlands and Cumbria.

We help:

  • Young people excluded from school
  • Young people not in education, employment or training
  • Young offenders and those at risk of offending
  • Looked after young people
  • Young carers

The Brathay 10 in 10

One marathon clearly isn’t enough for some people! Starting on 8th May 2015, 17 athletes will run the marathon course 10 times over consecutive days. They will be joined by the Brathay Windermere Marathon during their final circuit of England’s largest lake on 17th May 2015.

An epic challenge that will require an epic strength of mind

- Bear Grylls – Adventurer & Everest climber

Back in 2007 Sir Christopher Ball, a Fellow of Brathay Trust, suggested that the Brathay Windermere Marathon incorporates a 10 marathons in 10 days endurance running event – 262 miles over 10 days around England’s largest lake! In its first year eight dedicated athletes established benchmark times and developed a model of support required to complete 10 marathons over consecutive days.

This distinctive event, now approaching its ninth year, is now regularly described as “…the UK’s ultimate endurance running event”.

The runners in the 10in10 get to know the course intimately with the stunning scenery helping the miles go by.

Read this year’s runners’ profiles and sponsor one who particularly inspires you.

Guinness World Records have recognised the fastest 10 marathons on consecutive days as a category. Steve Edwards established the initial world record time in 2008, completing the event in an impressive accumulated time of 35hrs 20’45”. At the 2009 event a new record was set by Adam Holland who ran the 10 marathons in 32hrs 47’03”. Adam returned in 2010 and knocked a further 2.5 hours off his record, clocking a time of 30hrs 20’54” – a staggering average time of 3hrs 02’05” for each marathon.

Legendary fell runner Joss Naylor, MBE, will again be supporting the event as Patron of the 10in10. Joss fires the starting gun on the runners’ first marathon and will be on the finish line to welcome them back after running 262 miles over 10 days.

The event is held to raise funds to support Brathay Trust’s work to improve the life chances of children and young people, by inspiring them to engage positively in their communities.

Brathay recognise that children and young people face many challenges in their day to day lives. We work with some of the most vulnerable and ‘hard-to-reach’, helping them to develop the confidence, motivation and skills that they need to unlock their potential and make positive changes in their lives.