Scottish ultra runner George Sherriffs is preparing for his most demanding endurance challenge to date. The 57-year-old, who works at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh, is the only Scot in the 20 runner line-up for the 2018 Brathay 10in10.
The 10in10 is 10 marathons around Lake Windemere on consecutive days leading up to the final run at the 2018 Asics Windermere Marathon on Sunday 20 May. The Windermere Marathon attracts a field of 1,000 and 10in10ers start an hour ahead of the main marathon field. Both 10in10 and the Windermere Marathon act as fund raisers for youth charity the Brathay Trust,
George completed his first marathon in Aberdeen in 1985 then ran intermittently over the next 20 years managing a couple of London Marathons and Berlin Marathon in 2011. He eventually progressed to ultra distances and has completed the Wall, the 69 mile run from Carlisle to Newcastle and, more recently, the 100k Race to the Stones.
Participation in the 2016 Asics Windermere Marathon was meant to serve as a recce for a possible 10in10 entry however a poor experience meant George shelved those plans. But just for a few months! Now George is finalising his preparations for his 262 mile test in May.
George told runABC Scotland: "I have a few big events ahead of 10in10 including the D33, the Gin Pit double header marathon at the end of March, the Liverpool-Manchester 50 Miles and Stirling Marathon.
"Despite a quite full-on race programme, I will be concentrating on running within myself, working on my overall fitness and generally making sure there is plenty in the tank when I take my place on the start line for the first 10in10 marathon on Friday 11 May. All the entrants are getting great support from the Brathay team and lots of advice about avoiding injury and staying well-fuelled.
"The Brathay Trust do great work in helping vulnerable children so running on their behalf will be a source of inspiration when things get tough which I'm certain they will around days 6 to 8. I've also been working hard with fundraising - cake sales and making sure my Just Giving page is up to date.
"I'm doing a lot of my training in the Braid Hills so if you see me up there, give me a shout. Every bit of encouragement helps."
You can find out more about George Sherriffs Brathay 10in10 Challenge on his Just Giving page.