November, 2015

Marathon Win

News Release: Marathon Win – With a Difference

1 Paul Dewar (L) with Freddie Dixon and his winning medal logo for Brathay

A keen fell and cross country runner from Hawkshead School has come up with a winning design for a 10th anniversary marathon medal.

Eight-year old Freddie Dixon’s design will appear on thousands of medals being presented to those who complete Brathay Trust’s 2016 ‘10in10’ – ten marathons in ten days –Windermere Marathon and a new Brathay Half Marathon.

Freddie, whose family all run and who support the charity’s marathon runners each year, said he was pleased and excited to win. He received a plaque with his design, a gift token and torch from Paul Dewar, owner of the Stan Laurel Inn in Ulverston. Paul is running the 10in10 next year as part of a 21 day fundraising triathlon for Brathay. Paul was able to show the youngsters his medals from his 2012 challenge and thank them for their encouragement and support.

Brathay’s Sarah Thompson, who co-ordinated the competition with the school, said:

“Every year Hawkshead school children come out to cheer on the 10-in-10 runners who pass their school each day. Their enthusiasm and support has a huge impact on the runners at time when they really need that morale boost.

“It’s been wonderful to have their help again in designing a special anniversary medal. The children created the designs in their art lessons with Mrs Bellis and as a result we had over 20 great entries to choose from. Freddie should be really proud of his winning design. ”

Head teacher Mrs Hallam explained that it was important that pupils got involved in community events to learn about making a difference and to develop their citizenship skills. She also said that pupils were keen on the PE and sports activities and the school had several very good runners.

The Windermere Marathon, praised for its friendly marshals and dubbed ‘the Beautiful Marathon’, is an anti-clockwise 26.2 lap around Windermere lake. Taking in the honey-pot sites of Hawkshead, Newby Bridge, Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside, over half of it is on partially, traffic-free roads.

The new Half Marathon, which will also start and end on the lawn at Brathay Hall, is a 13.1 mile route through Hawkshead to Esthwaite Water. Runners return with views of the iconic Langdales and the surrounding fells.

Those who sign up for either event by Monday 4 January will qualify for a money saving early bird offer.

The addition of Junior Races means all ages will be catered for next year.

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Attached images show – also available in high resolution:
Freddie Dixon’s winning design which will appeal on thousands of running medals.
Paul Dewar, Brathay 10in10 runner, presents eight-year old Freddie Dixon with a plaque showing his winning medal design.