March, 2017

Walk across Morecambe Bay and give youngsters their own life-changing outdoor experience

Walkers are invited to cross the UK’s biggest expanse of tidal mudflats and sand, Morecambe Bay, to give youngsters a life-changing outdoor experience.

Local youth charity Brathay Trust says anyone signing up with them for a cross-bay walk with Cedric Robinson on Saturday 6 May will be raising funds for their Changing Horizons Appeal. It gives local youngsters, who have had a very difficult start in life, a residential experience aimed at providing them with a new perspective on their lives.

As Brathay Fundraiser Julia Wilson explained:

We hope one unique outdoor experience will lead to another with this fundraiser. Encourage friends and family to join you and sign up via our website

Tickets are £10 for an adult and £5 for a child.

The walk sets off from Arnside on Saturday 6th May at 2.15pm (for a 2.45pm departure). The eight mile walk, which takes around three and half hours to complete, ends at Kents Bank railway station near Grange-over-Sands.

Image shows: walkers crossing Morecambe Bay led by the Queen’s Official Guide to the Sands, Cedric Robinson. The journey across the biggest expanse of tidal mudflats and sand in the UK is only possible at certain times of the year and under expert guidance.

Potter holiday snaps up for auction

A collection of photographs by Beatrix Potter’s father, Rupert Potter, is up for auction on Monday 3 April at 1818 Auctioneers on the Cumbria, Lancashire border.

One of the 41 black and white photographs, taken in the late summers of 1909, 1911 and 1913, is believed to be of Beatrix sat in the porch of Broad Leys, a house they rented by Lake Windermere in 1909.

At the time Beatrix was working on ‘The Tale of Ginger and Pickles’.
Rupert Potter was a keen and competent amateur photographer and a member of the Photographic Society of London. The National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museums in London have exhibited and hold some of his photographs.

Although Potter’s interest was portrait photography, the collection of which is up for sale is not of people but of the house and gardens at Broad Leys (1909) and Lindeth How (1911 and 1913). There are also views of Bowness and Windermere including the Old England Hotel dated 1911. The exception is the one image of, very likely, his daughter Beatrix.

David Brookes from 1818 Auctioneers has put an estimate of £800-£1,200 on the collection which is being sold by an anonymous vendor whose family once worked for Beatrix’s mother in Windermere.

Being reserved may reduce running injuries in multi-day marathons say researchers

A SPORT rehabilitation expert from Cumbria travelled to Monaco last week to speak at an international conference on the prevention of injury and illness in sport (16-18 March). Opened by the Prince of Monaco, and organised by the International Olympic Committee, the triennial event attracts global leaders in the field and over a 1,000 delegates from all over the world.

Dr Katie Small from the University of Cumbria and Dr Nicola Relph from Edge Hill University, Ormskirk shared their findings on injuries sustained by non-professional athletes running multiple marathons in the Lake District. A key conclusion was that athletes could reduce injuries by running their first few marathons more slowly than subsequent ones.

Their research is a result of a two-year study of 27 non-professional athletes running the Lake District’s Brathay 10in10. This 10 year old ultra-endurance event involves participants running the same marathon every day for 10 days, an anti-clockwise lap around England’s longest lake, Windermere.

Dr Small explained their interest in the study and said:

“Whilst more and more non-professional runners are taking part in multi-day marathons there is little research into injury rates and types of injuries. Runners also tell us that it’s hard to find any advice on what sort of training to do and how much of it to do. Our research hopes to answer some of these questions.

“It wasn’t a surprise to find the most common injuries were Achilles tendinitis, shin splints, inflammation of the Iliotibial Band (tight connective tissue on the outside of the thigh) and blisters. Using this information we worked with my university colleague, sports therapist Adam Smith, to devise a programme of exercises aimed at preventing them. In January we gave this year’s 10in10ers five top injury prevention exercises to follow. I hope we see fewer injuries when we meet up with them in May for the event” added Dr Small.

Dr Small and Dr Relph also discovered that marathon times were fastest during days one to three which coincided with the highest number of injuries. Runners completed marathons on days one to three on average 37 minutes faster than on days seven to 10. One runner who gradually improved on his marathon times during the 10 days sustained less injuries the authors reported. They recommend making a slow start, to minimise injuries.

The study also found that the majority of injuries were left-sided. Running authorities advise runners to run with the traffic, on the left hand side of the road, which means the constant road camber is having an impact. Dr Small and Dr Relph say they can’t advice runners to run against the traffic to counter this but they will look at exercises to mitigate this as part of a further round of research.

Alyson Knowles from Brathay who looks after the 10in10 said:

“We’re delighted to have the support of high calibre injury prevention experts – Adam Smith, Dr Small and Dr Relph. It’s very important that we do all we can to make sure the runners stay fit and healthy as they tackle this epic mental and physical challenge. This research and the team of sport rehabilitation students from the University of Cumbria, who are onsite during the 10 days guided by Adam, makes all the difference. It means all the runners can be seen just before they start that day’s marathon and they get seen the moment they are back. The 10in10 is our flagship fundraiser, and in the last 10 years, the runners have helped to raise over £1million to fund our work with vulnerable youngsters.”

For more information about the study and Brathay’s 10in10 visit

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Dr Katie Small and Dr Nicola Relph at the IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury & Illness in Sport in Monaco.

AN ULVERSTON pub landlady, who has only ever run one marathon, is in training to run 10 in 10 days this May

The Stan Laurel’s Trudi Dewar has had plenty experience supporting others to run Brathay’s ‘10in10’ and says it’s now her turn to have a go at one of the UK’s hardest endurance events.

Overcoming immense physical and psychological challenge, she will run the same marathon each day, an anti-clockwise road circuit around England’s longest lake, Windermere. Trudi is hoping to raise over £3,000 for youth charity Brathay Trust’s work with local, vulnerable youngsters helping them to turn their lives around.

As she explained:

“I have watched, lived and breathed the Brathay 10in10 as part of the official support team for the last four years. In 2016 it finally got under my skin and I thought, if they can do it, I can too.

“As well as the 10in10ers my inspiration has been my husband Paul. He has completed, amongst other things, two 10in10’s, multiple Ironman triathlons and, nine months ago, his own ‘To Hell and Back’ challenge.

“I ran when I was younger representing the English Schools Athletics Association as a county champion sprinter but I have only ever run one marathon to mark my 40th Birthday.

“I didn’t think that two years later I would be signed up to run 10. I just want to show that anything is possible. I hope that if people see someone ordinary like me, without an endurance running background, they will have a go at pushing themselves out of their comfort zone” added Trudi.

Husband Paul Dewar is in charge of Trudi’s training which began last July (2016).

“Our lounge has been turned into a gym with a rowing machine and bikes” she said.

“At the start of each week Paul produces my schedule, which is aimed at building up my strength and stamina and keeping me injury free. In the coming weeks I will start to focus on back to back running and endurance work.”

Trudi and her husband Paul have been involved with the Ambleside based youth charity Brathay Trust since 2012, the year Paul signed up for his first 10in10. Since then Paul has completed other challenges for Brathay and they have raised over £30,000 for the charity’s work with disadvantaged youngsters.

Trudi said:

“My goal is to complete a marathon each day to the best of my ability. I expect I will be running for between five to six hours every day.

“I feel very honoured and privileged to have been chosen to join the 2017 10in10 team. Brathay Trust is a fantastic charity, they do amazing work. I hope to raise as much money as I can and I know it will go directly to supporting young people for whom all else has failed.”

Trudi’s challenge starts on Friday 12 May and ends on Sunday 21 May.

To find out more about Trudi and to sponsor her please visit