14 runners concluded what Bear Grylls described as 'an epic challenge that will require an epic strength of mind' by completing the Brathay 10in10. Bruised and fatigued, the group finished their 10th successive marathon in ten days to scenes of celebration and relief, with one runner, Dave Bayley, the first person to complete five 10 in 10 events.
The overall winner of the Brathay 10in10 was 41-year-old Rik Vercoe, from Walton on Thames, in Essex, who finished in an aggregate time of 33:37:07. Dave Bayley, who has now ran a total of 1310 miles around Lake Windermere, beat the previous record of four successive events, set by Steve Edwards in 2010.
Dave was delighted to have finished his fifth successive 10in10, commenting: "I can't believe I've done it and I don't think it will sink in for a few days. It's been an incredibly emotional experience, and I don't think the record will be beaten soon." Asked if he would return next year, he added: "No, I'll be back, but just to support the Class of 14 and, perhaps, run the Brathay Windermere marathon. Five is enough for anyone!"
The finale of the last leg took place at the same time as Brathay Windermere marathon, which had over 700 runners taking part. For the first in its history, the event saw a local, male winner in Marcus Scotney. The 38-year-old, an ultra runner for England and Team GB completed the course in a time of 2:38:50. In what was her fifth appearance at the event, Nicola Shaw, from Tarporley, took first place in the women's field, coming home in 3:08:58.
Event organiser Mark Bushell concluded: "This has been another fantastic year and, once again, we've managed to draw runners from across the world, including Boston, in the USA. To get the first local winner, in the male category of the marathon, was a particular highlight, as were the large crowds on site. The supporters had a fantastic day and, importantly, got the opportunity to find out about our charitable work with children and young people."