Runners looking for one to add to their bucket list of the UK’s top events are being alerted to the opening of early bird entries for the 2017 weekend of racing at Kielder. The top North East festival of races has expanded to include a marathon, half marathon, 10k and popular run-bike-run competition, which will be held across the weekend of 7 and 8 October.
With Kielder water, northern Europe’s largest man-made lake, as the stunning backdrop for competitors, the event has grown steadily in popularity over the years and drew in a total field of over 3,000 participants this year. October saw 1,300 runners compete in what is commonly referred to as ‘Britain’s most beautiful marathon and half marathon.’
The courses follow the Lakeside Way, a trail that stretches right around the shoreline of Northumbrian Water’s Kielder Water. Allendale’s Cees Van der Land took the 2016 marathon title with a winning time of 2:48:51, with Debbie Crozier on top in the female field in 3:19:25.
The weekend is run by Events of the North, a company led by Olympians Steve Cram and Allison Curbishley, in conjunction with Northumbrian Water, Active Northumberland, and Northumberland County Council. Race director Steve Cram announced the pricing for early bird rates and expressed his delight at how well the event has been received: ”The support of all of our partners is vital in making this fantastic event a huge success, year on year.
”We are always astounded by and grateful for the levels of support we get from the organisations in and around Northumberland who come together to make Kielder Marathon Weekend a must for runners and riders from around the country.”
Early bird pricing has been set at £38 for the marathon (£36 for affiliated runners), £33 for the half (£31), £25 for the 10k (£23). Further information is available at the event website.