Regarded as 'Britain's most beautiful marathon', Sunday's Kielder marathon is expected to record its biggest turnout yet with 1,500 runners registered for the race. The field includes ambitious charity runner Tony the Fridge. The Kielder 10K, set for tomorrow (Satruday October 6) has also witnessed a sizable upturn in interest with 550 competitors - more than double the figure of last year.
Rarely leaving the shores of Kielder Water, the marathon follows the Lakeside Way taking runners through the forest and heath land that surrounds the lake. The route is said to be flat with a few challenging inclines, most of which are short and sharp and followed by a long stretch of easy running.
One Kielder participant sure to receive a warm welcome is Tony the Fridge. The plucky Geordie, who completed 30 half marathons in 30 consecutive days with a 40kg fridge strapped to his back, is preparing to tackle the 26.2 mile event. Tony recently tweeted: "Excited about facing the toughest challenge of my life. Can I run Kielder sub 5 hours with a fridge or will the hills win?" Tony is raising money for The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
The 10k, meanwhile, will see runners depart from Leaplish Waterside Park and follow a circuit around the beautiful Bull Crag Peninsula before finishing along the Lakeside Way. In addition to the 10k, there will also be a Run-Bike-Run relay and various junior running events over the course of this weekend.
For more information, visit Kielder marathon website.