Due to increasing demand, organisers of Kielder Marathon have opened entries for the 2016 event earlier than anticipated. The Kielder weekend, set for 1 and 2 October, includes a marathon, half marathon, 10K, Run-Bike-Run and junior races. Now in its sixth year, Kielder Marathon has become a firm favourite in the racing calendar thanks to its spectacular setting and unique course.
The 2015 race took a record number of participants around part of the largest man-made lake in northern Europe, Kielder water, and through Kielder Forest and saw Matthew Jones, 34, cross the finish line first in 2:43:02, more than two minutes ahead of Conrad Franks (2:45:51) with Mike Jeffries in third (2:51:11). Northumbria University lecturer Gemma Bradley secured top billing in the female field in 3:21:53.
The half marathon, celebrating its first staging, saw almost 700 runners take part. Karl Taylor was a clear winner, coming home in 1:14:33, with Debra Crozier first in the women’s field (1:33:14). Lee Cuthbertson headed the 10k race in 35:27, with Jess Fox first lady (41:02).
Event founder and director Steve Cram comments: “The Kielder Marathon weekend has grown into a fantastic success story. We have seen each event grow steadily and every time we have added a race, people have responded really enthusiastically. The half marathon proved to be very popular this year and I’m sure that it will grow in 2016.”
“We’re really fortunate to be able to put on such a strong programme of races in this beautiful location and that’s only possible thanks to the support of Active Northumberland and Northumbrian Water. Because the events sold out this year, we have decided to open up entries a little earlier than in the past for the 2016 races, which also means that people have more time to take advantage of the early bird discounts.”
Entries for the race are now open with a series of discounts for early bird registration. More information is available here.