[A] new record was set for completing 10 road circuits of Lake Windermere on a bike in 24hrs. Last week (Saturday 24 June) 35-year-old Dean Ware from South Wales finished the course in 16 hours and 45 minutes.
Three local cyclists, joining the six who took on the challenge, were Tony Gray, a 58-year-old from Kendal, Chris Woodend, a 48-year-old who lives in Windermere and Tim Woodburn, a 46-year-old from Arnside.
The Brathay 262, an ultra-distance cycling event, involved a total ascent of 19,500 feet, the equivalent to cycling up Mount Kilimanjaro, and a distance of 262 miles, the equivalent to a journey from London to Kendal. The course is made up of a mix of B and A class roads with some dedicated cycle paths and lanes.
Brathay Event organiser Aly Knowles said: “There’s a lot of interest in technically challenging top end cycling events that take place in stunning settings. The Brathay 262 definitely ticks all of those boxes. The riders faced the unenviable task of staying awake for 24 hours and battling mental and physical exhaustion. In doing so they committed to raise £3,500 to support Brathay’s work with some of the UK’s most vulnerable children and young people”.