Two keen runners will take on 10 consecutive marathons in 10 days to raise money for a charity that works with vulnerable young people.
Bus driver Chris Renton from Melrose and Mark Bradshaw, who works at Wood Mackenzie but lives in West Lothian, start their monumental challenge in the Lake District on Friday, May 8, and finish on Sunday, May 17.
Along with 14 others, they will run the same 26.2 miles each day, an anti-clockwise route circumnavigating England’s longest lake, Windermere. Only 79 people have completed Brathay Trust’s 10in10 since it started in 2007.
One of those is 50-year-old Chris, who is hoping to be successful a second time. It will be 44-year-old Mark’s first attempt.
When asked why he is returning to the event, Chris said: “I feel very close to Brathay Trust for personal reasons linked to my own youth in the 70s. I was very glad to have raised £5,000 in 2014 and I will work just as hard to meet my 2015 target.”
Father of four Mark, whose first marathon was the 2012 Edinburgh marathon, says he hopes his challenge will inspire others to run.
He said: “The more I looked into what the charity achieved, the more I wanted to do this event.
“Hopefully, by completing the 10in10, I can help a bit towards giving a brighter future to those that need it and who have the courage to try.”
Scott Umpleby, head of fundraising at Brathay Trust, says the challenge “is surely proof that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. It’s an ethos that inspires our work with young people.”
Local people and businesses have already helped the pair raise more than £4,800 towards their combined target of £6,000.
To help them reach their targets, visit www.justgiving.com/mark262/ or www.justgiving.com/Rents/
Blogs and video updates charting Chris and Mark’s progress will be posted here: brathaywindermeremarathon.org.uk/team.aspx and tweeted using #10in10.