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Langdale Marathon is on with extra sponsorship by Heart of the Lakes

Runners setting off for the 31st Langdale Marathon and Half Marathon, a fundraiser for youth charity Brathay Trust (Credit Brathay Trust)

For the past 10 years, the Heart of the Lakes holiday cottage business has sponsored the ‘First Man home’ in the Langdale Marathon.

This year the Ambleside-based business continues to do the same and is also sponsoring the First Woman home.  Both runners will receive £500 worth of vouchers which they can use in a stay at any Heart of the Lakes break.

Matt Hartnett, Head of Marketing said: “We have always supported this iconic race, as it literally runs through the heart of the Lake District.  Challenging races are such a Cumbrian tradition and we are delighted to be offering a prize to the First Man and Woman over the line.  We hope they will have a peaceful stay at one of our cottages – and I imagine they’ll be spending time out running as well as relaxing!”

The Langdale Marathon has a reputation as the toughest road marathon in the UK, whilst taking in some of England’s most spectacular scenery.  The runners complete the half-marathon route twice, and climb up to Blea Tarn and Foulstep, following an anti-clockwise course from Great Langdale to Little Langdale, and through the pretty hamlets of Skelwith Bridge and Chapel Stile.

The Race organisers have said they are planning a safe, socially distant event meeting government guidelines and Run Britain control measures.

Scott Umpleby, Race Director says: “It’s fantastic to receive this generous contribution from one of Ambleside’s longest standing businesses. In these current challenging circumstances, we really appreciate the continued support of Heart of the Lakes and look forward to presenting our Marathon winners with these amazing prizes.”

Matt added: “It’s great to see that the Langdale Marathon can go ahead in the middle of this very challenging year for event organisers.  We are thrilled to be supporting it.”

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