Former British Olympian and world record holder Steve Cram has today unveiled plans for the fifth Kielder Marathon.
Britain’s most beautiful marathon will take place on Sunday, October 5, and will once again follow an off-road route around northern Europe’s largest man-made lake, Kielder Water.
Hugely successful and popular with outdoor adventure enthusiasts around the UK and further afield, Kielder Marathon returns with new headline sponsors, Active Northumberland and Northumberland County Council.
Steve, who is the event director, 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 the Kielder Marathon weekend as a real destination event for all active people across the UK.
“The star of the show continues to be Kielder Water, a perfect stage for the most beautiful running and cycling event in the UK.”
Coun Val Tyler, policy board member for community infrastructure and culture at the county council, said: “I can’t think of a more beautiful or inspiring place than Kielder to walk, run or cycle as part of a day out or holiday with the family.
“Kielder Marathon is going from strength to strength each year and I am very proud that Northumberland County Council is supporting Active Northumberland to sponsor this year’s event. We want to encourage more people to get active and experience the brilliant outdoors offer we have on our doorstep.”
The marathon has become a firm favourite in the racing calendar thanks to its spectacular setting and unique course. At approximately 26 miles long it is the ideal venue for the ultimate running challenge. Event organisers are expecting up to 3,000 runners to take part in the gruelling event.
The event will start and finish at Northumbrian Water’s Leaplish Waterside Park and be part of a whole weekend of activities for all ages and abilities, including the Kielder 10K which takes place on Saturday October 4. The other events are Kielder Run Bike Run relay and the Kielder Junior Races for children.
Last year a record-breaking number of entrants took part in the Run Bike Run, which saw more than 200 bikes in use at the transition stations.
Maxine Mayhew, commercial director at Northumbrian Water, said: “We’re thrilled to be able to host this hugely successful event year on year, and in such a spectacular rural environment.
“Held over two days, the events of the whole weekend can give a boost to the local economy and showcase all that the region has to offer.”
Marathon places will be allocated on a first come first served basis – there is no ballot this year. Cost of entry is £37. Runners who deferred their place last year will be contacted separately. To book a place log on to the event website at www.kieldermarathon.com. For inquiries, ring 0845 1550236 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).
Last year’s winner was champion Ceri Rees, who retained his title from 2012 with a winning time of 2hr 43min 55sec. The first female to cross the finish line was Victoria Nealon with a winning time of 3hr 22min 41 sec.
Bruce Ledger, head of leisure services from Active Northumberland, said: “Active Northumberland is proud and delighted to sponsor the fifth Kielder Marathon.
“We are keen to support and encourage the success of this great event as we are passionate about inspiring local people to live healthier and physically active lives.”
Kielder 10K on Saturday, October 4
Early Eagle price: Book before midnight on April 18, £20 for affiliated/ £22 unaffiliated runners.
General Grouse price: From April 19, £23 for affiliated/ £25 unaffiliated runners.
Kielder Run-Bike-Run on Saturday, October 4
For individuals or teams of three, the marathon route in three stages. First, an 11k run, second a 26km cycle ride and finally 5km sprint.
Early Eagle price: Book before midnight April 18, £50 for individuals/ £70 for teams.
General Grouse price: From April 19, £60 for individuals/ £80 for teams.
Active Northumberland Kielder Marathon on Sunday, October 5.
Early Eagle price: Book before midnight, April 18, £30 for affiliated/ £32 unaffiliated runners.
General Grouse price: From April 19, £35 for affiliated/ £37 unaffiliated runners.
Kielder Junior Runs on Sunday, October 5.
£8 for all age groups.
The Osprey (880m race for children aged seven to nine).
The Roman Mile (1.48km race for children aged ten to 12).
The Centurion (2.5km race for children ages 13 to 15).