Marathon plans announced

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Former Olympic athlete and world record holder Steve Cram today unveiled plans to repeat the hugely successful Kielder Marathon, described as Britain’s most beautiful marathon.

Scheduled to take place on Sunday, October 9, the Salomon Kielder Marathon will once again follow an almost entirely off-road course around northern Europe’s largest man-made lake, Kielder Water.

The event was a sell-out in its first year and returns this year with additional places on offer and a headline sponsor – Salomon, the athletic outdoor sports company.

The marathon will follow the Lakeside Way, a trail that stretches right around the shoreline of Kielder Water. The organisers have more than doubled the field this year and expect to attract runners and outdoor adventure enthusiasts from around the world to the dramatic setting and unique course.

Steve Cram said: “Kielder Water & Forest Park was always my favourite place to run in the world and I dreamt of holding a marathon there. Last year we were delighted to launch the Kielder Marathon with Northumbrian Water and even more delighted at the crowds the event pulled in. This year we’ve secured a headline sponsor – Salomon. It’s great to have them on board to help grow the event.

“The atmosphere on the day last time was euphoric and I’m sure each of the more than 900 runners who completed the course will join me in saying it was definitely the most memorable and scenic marathon course. I hadn’t planned to complete the whole marathon myself but once I set off, it was everything I hoped it would be – brilliant, hard and exhilarating. The views were spectacular and everyone had a fantastic time.”

With the water’s shoreline being 26 miles long, it is the ideal venue for the ultimate running challenge, the marathon. Most of the course is off-road and it offers a test for trail runners, adventure racers and marathon enthusiasts alike.

Marathon places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis – there is no ballot this year. Cost of entry is £35. 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 enquiries telephone 0845 155 0236 (Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm).