Entrants into this year’s Kielder Marathon weekend events could be going head-to-head with a double gold Olympic medallist.
Daley Thompson, CBE, visited the region today to launch the Kielder Marathon weekend of activities taking place on October 5 and October 6 and pledged to take part in the Kielder Run-Bike-Run on the Saturday.
Founded by world champion and popular athletics commentator, Steve Cram MBE, the Salomon Kielder Marathon in Northumberland has grown over the last three years to become a firm favourite in the racing calendar thanks to its spectacular location and almost entirely off-road course around northern Europe’s largest man-made lake, Kielder Water, with many naming it Britain’s Most Beautiful Marathon.
Daley said: “Official NHS obesity statistics have dominated the media in recent weeks. To learn that one in 10 children is obese is alarming to say the least. But thanks to last year’s Olympic fever, the nation is beginning to embrace more sporting activities and what better way to encourage and inspire our children to get fit than to attend home-grown events?
“I’m delighted to be involved with the fourth Kielder Marathon and the beauty of the events is that there’s something for the whole family to take part in.”
Fondly considered to be one of the greatest athletes of all time, Daley has two young sons so he knows all too well the importance of keeping them active with fun, exciting challenges that work for all the family.
Steve Cram added: “Kielder Marathon weekend has grown year on year and I’m delighted we already 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.
“This year, we’re offering an early-bird discount for anyone entering the marathon, 10K or Run-Bike-Run before midnight on Wednesday, March 13, so the message is book now to make the most of the special offer.”
Sarah Stewart, chief executive of NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said, “I am sure the Kielder Marathon will attract people from all over the UK and beyond and will bring benefits to businesses across the whole region.”
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.
With the water’s shoreline being approximately 26 miles long, Kielder Water in North East England is the ideal venue for the ultimate running challenge, the marathon, 26 miles 385 yards. Most of the course is off-road and it offers a test for trail runners, adventure racers and marathon enthusiasts alike.
Once again this year, there will be a small elite field, including Salomon’s international trail team athletes Angela Mudge and Ricky Lightfoot.
Salomon, the event’s naming partner of the last three years, is a leading force in trail running across the globe. Rich Philip, head of marketing for Salomon, added: “The Salomon Kielder Marathon has proven over the years to be one of the most challenging and awe inspiring marathons in our calendar. As a brand, our tagline ‘Designed for Freedom’ fits the route, environment and spirit of the event perfectly.”
The Lakeside Way is a £3million project in Kielder Water and Forest Park that forms the marathon course. It is a multi-user trail suitable for walkers, runners, cyclists, horse riders and wheelchair and pushchair users. The trail offers visitors new views and the opportunity to interact with even more of the park’s abundant wildlife and take in its scenic landscape.
KIELDER 10K ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5
Early Eagle price – book before midnight March 13: £21 for both affiliated/unaffiliated runners
Osprey Offer price – book before midnight May 6: £23/25
General Grouse Price – from May 7 onwards: £25/£27
KIELDER RUN-BIKE-RUN ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5
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 March 13: £50 for individuals, £70 for teams
Osprey Offer price – book before midnight May 6: £55/£75
General Grouse Price – from May 7 onwards: £60/£80
SALOMON KIELDER MARATHON ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6
Early Eagle price – book before midnight March 13: £30 for both affiliated/unaffiliated runners
Osprey Offer price – book before midnight May 6: £33/35
General Grouse Price – from May 7 onwards: £35/£37
KIELDER JUNIOR RUNS ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6
£8 for all age groups
The Osprey (880m race for children aged seven to nine)
10: The Roman Mile (1.48km race for children aged 10 to 12)
1 The Centurion (2.5km race for children ages 13 to 15)
Marathon places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis – there is no ballot this year. To book a place log on to the event website at www.salomonkieldermarathon.com
For enquiries, telephone 01434 689 040 (Monday to Friday, 9am–5pm).
Northumbrian Water is once again hosting the event which will be organised by DS Media and Events.