Novices put through their paces at Active at Brathay sessions

25 May 2017 10:12AM

Long distance runners weren’t the only ones putting themselves through their paces at the Brathay Marathon, with keen novices getting the chance to experience a selection of new activities as well.

Go Active teamed up with six activity providers to provide a series of introductory taster sessions for people to try out on the day.

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Archery, high rope activities, climbing, trail running, orienteering, stand up paddle boarding and open water swimming were all on offer around the grounds of Brathay Hall.

Ian Priddle, from Grasmere, had come to Brathay with his daughter Beth, six, to support mum Kayleigh Scott who was taking part in the marathon.

However, Beth had her own challenge in mind too and was keen to compete in the junior trail race, organised by Kendal’s Jogging Pals.

“We came last year to watch Kayleigh do the half marathon and we watched the races and Beth was most disappointed that she didn’t get to have a go, so we got here nice and early so she could have a proper run this year,” said Mr Priddle

“I like getting exercise, I hope it’s going to be fun,” said Beth.

Meanwhile in Windermere, Archie Catnach and Andrew Owen, both 13, from Kendal, had been having a crack at stand up paddle boarding organised by Total Adventure.

“It was fun but the water’s quite cold,” said Andrew, from Kendal.

“You are quite nervous standing up for the first time when you first start, but once you get into it it’s fun.”

Chris Burstow, from Windermere, was taking advantage of the open water swimming session to get some practise ahead of the Great North SwimRun on June 10.

The event involves teams running and swimming their way across Windermere and its islands and shoreline.

“I hadn’t been swimming for a while, so today was a bit of a shock at first, it was great to get out there though, even though it was a bit choppy,” said Mr Burstow, 34.

The open water session was laid on by Pete Kelly, who runs Ambleside company Swim the Lakes.

“To have this on our doorstep with such a lovely backdrop like Brathay Hall is a great opportunity,” said Mr Kelly.

“It’s a great chance for us to introduce people to open water swimming in a great environment. It’s very safe and sheltered in this bay so it’s a great place to find your feet.

“It’s great to introduce people here because it gives them the best possible experience.”

  • Go Active is a countywide partnership backed by Active Cumbria, GSK and CN Group, helping people across Cumbria to become more active. To find out how you can support the Go Active partnership contact

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