A ULTRA fit athlete has set himself the challenge of running 10 marathons in 10 days. 

Andrew Wilkin, from Kendal, will be taking part in the Brathay 10 in 10 for the first time.

The Brathay 10 in 10, which starts on Friday, sees runners tackle the route of the ASICS Windermere Marathon every day for 10 consecutive days. It is considered one of the 'UK's toughest running events'.

Andrew, 34, will be starting at Skelwith Bridge before heading through Hawkshead down to Newby Bridge, along Newby Bridge road to Bowness and back around through Ambleside to Skelwith Bridge.

On the 10th day, Andrew will be joined by around 1,000 runners running the main Windermere marathon event. 

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Already Andrew has raised more than £2,500 for the Brathay Trust and people can continue to donate throughout the challenge through his JustGiving page.

Andrew said that since a young age he has been aware of the work by Brathay Trust.

He said: "During my time at school I spent many days at Brathay hall assisting with training days and recruitment and saw first hand how the experiences they create have a positive impact on many lives.

"While running the 10 in 10 is a huge personal challenge the end goal is to raise as much money as I can for the Brathay trust to continue their work having a positive impact in future."

The Brathay Trust offers people development and leadership coaching for businesses and organisations; outdoor residentials for community groups and schools, and holiday accommodation and challenge events for the public.

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Andrew said that training for the challenge has been really tough adding.

"Winter training when the weather is grim and I’ve had a tough day at work really tests the motivation," he said. 

"I have been running blocks of 10 runs for 10 days and including back-to-back marathons and half marathons. I’ve been trying to get my legs accustomed to running when they are already tired."

Thanking people for their support Andrew said: "I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of all who have supported me through donations so far. Both businesses’ and individuals have all stepped forward and I am so grateful.

"Especially with the current economic uncertainty it has been amazing how people have got behind me and supported the Brathay trust, I can’t thank them enough."