A best-selling author will make history come alive as he gets set to run in the footsteps of the Border Reivers at Kielder Water & Forest Park in Northumberland. Sunderland born 'Horrible Histories' writer, Terry Deary, will join hundreds of runners for the Kielder 10K, part of the Kielder Marathon weekend of events on 5 and 6 October.
Kielder suffered severely with regular raids from the Border Reivers - gangs of horsemen who raided the borders of England and Scotland between 1300 and 1600. Terry, from Burnhope, County Durham, will tread the tracks of the Border Reivers but in what is now voted the most tranquil place in England.
This latest sporting challenge will come just three weeks after his 18th Great North Run, and, at 67, Terry has no intention of stopping: "Just because I'm past retirement age doesn't mean I have to give up running and I've put a lot of extra effort in this year to lose weight. It's very relaxing running in a rural setting like Kielder and it will make a lovely change for me. It's also nice to run through our region's history."
Set in the surroundings of northern Europe's largest man-made lake and England's largest working forest, the Kielder Marathon is billed as 'Britain's most beautiful.' Last year's event drew in a field of over 1,000 runners, with Ceri Rees and Angela Mudge securing top place finishes.
Organiser of the event and Olympic medallist, Steve Cram, commented: "It's such an amazing place, steeped in history and with its spectacular scenery and impressive off-road course it's a great place to run. There is something for everybody to participate in over the Kielder Marathon weekend. I would urge anybody who wants to take part in any of the events to secure their place as soon as possible."
The Kielder 10K is organised for Saturday 5 October and entries close on 23 September, registration is priced at £25 or £27 for unaffiliated runners. Entries for the marathon close on the same day, although the race is now 95% full, so are likely to fill up before the deadline.
More information is available on the event website.