A record-breaking number of entrants are set to take part in the Kielder Marathon festival this weekend. The Kielder Run-Bike-Run, is full to capacity for the first time, the 10k is expecting double the number of runners it witnessed in 2011, while the marathon event has attracted 1160 runners.
The relay will also see nearly 300 participants tackle the marathon distance split into three parts either individually or in teams of three - an 11km run, a 26km bike ride and a 5km run - will take place on Saturday (5 October). On the same day, almost 700 runners are expected to tackle the 10k.
Founded by world champion and popular athletics commentator, Steve Cram MBE, the Salomon Kielder Marathon has become a firm favourite in the racing calendar thanks to its spectacular location and off-road course around northern Europe's largest man-made lake, Kielder Water.
Steve Cram said: "The number of participants into the Kielder Marathon weekend has grown year on year and I'm delighted with the huge success of the full weekend now that we're into the fourth year of the event. We also have some 'ever presents', loyal participants who have competed in the marathon every single year since the event began in 2010 and who intend to maintain that record as the event continues to develop."
Billed as 'Britain's most beautiful marathon', the events follow the Lakeside Way, a trail that stretches right around the shoreline of Kielder Water. The organisers expect to attract runners and outdoor adventure enthusiasts from around the UK, and further afield, to the dramatic setting and unique course.