Well run son as Ceri takes title

Ceri Rees wins the mens Salomon Kielder Marathon at Kielder Water
Ceri Rees wins the mens Salomon Kielder Marathon at Kielder Water

It was a momentous two days at this year’s Salomon Kielder Marathon weekend.

A record-breaking number of people – nearly 300 – tackled the 11k-run, 26k-bike and 5k-run relay event on Saturday.

Runners take part in today's Salomon Kielder Marathon against the backdrop of the picturesque Kielder Water

Runners take part in today's Salomon Kielder Marathon against the backdrop of the picturesque Kielder Water

The 10k challenge, on the same day, attracted more than 650 participants – over double 2011’s number.

Then on Sunday, 2012 champion Ceri Rees, from Devon, became the first person to defend their title in the 26-mile race’s four-year history.

He topped a field of more than 1,000 runners, in wet conditions.

He crossed the line in 2hr 43min 55sec, just a few minutes slower than last year’s time in the marathon, dubbed Britain’s most and taking participants around northern Europe’s largest man-made lake, Kielder Water.

Ceri said: “I wasn’t expecting to beat my time from last year because I had a few injury problems, I was just pleased to get round.”

Event organiser and track legend Steve Cram was full of praise for everyone who took part during the weekend, which also featured junior runs.