This weekend saw the launch of the Kielder Marathon with the event set to celebrate its fifth staging on Sunday 5 October. The race, billed as ‘Britain’s most beautiful marathon’, will once again follow an off-road route around northern Europe’s largest man-made lake, Kielder Water in Northumberland.
The event starts and finishes at Northumbrian Water’s Leaplish Waterside Park and is expected to attract up to 3,000 runners. The marathon is part of a weekend of activities for all ages and abilities, including the Kielder 10K which takes place on Saturday (4 October), the Kielder Run Bike Run relay and the Kielder Junior Races for children.
In addition to the marathon’s launch, there was confirmation of two new headline sponsors for the race, Active Northumberland and Northumberland County Council. Former British Olympian and world record holder Steve Cram said: “I’m delighted that we’re back for a fifth time, maintaining our long running title as ‘Britain’s most beautiful marathon.’”
“This year I’m pleased to welcome on board our new partners, Active Northumberland and Northumberland County Council. We very much look forward to working with them to continue developing Kielder Marathon weekend as a real destination event for all active people across the UK.”
Last year’s event saw Ceri Rees retain his title with a time of 2:43:55, with the first female, Victoria Nealon, coming home in 3:22:41. For more information, visit the event website.