Cram puts scenic Kielder race under starter’s orders

World champion Steve Cram launches the 2014 Kielder Marathon weekend, with Northumberland County Council's Head of Leisure, Bruce Ledger, cyclist Kate Charlton and runners Richard Parker, left,and Martyn Barnes.
World champion Steve Cram launches the 2014 Kielder Marathon weekend, with Northumberland County Council's Head of Leisure, Bruce Ledger, cyclist Kate Charlton and runners Richard Parker, left,and Martyn Barnes.

Former British Olympian and world record-holder Steve Cram has unveiled plans for the fifth Kielder Marathon.

This year, Britain’s most beautiful marathon will take place on Sunday, October 5, and will once again follow an off-road route around Kielder Water, northern Europe’s largest man-made lake.

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.

Popular athletics commentator and event director, Steve Cram, 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 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.”

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.

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.kiel dermarathon.com

For inquiries, telephone 0845 155 0236 (Monday to Friday, 9am-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 from Warwickshire with a winning time of 3hr 22min 41sec.

The Kielder Marathon team is delighted to be working with Active Northumberland and Northumberland County Council.

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.”

Northumbrian Water is once again hosting the event in Kielder Water & Forest Park which will be jointly organised by DS Media and Events.

The events:

Kielder 10k on Saturday, October 4. Early Eagle price - book before midnight April 18, £20 for affiliated/ £22 unaffiliated runners. General Grouse price - from April 19, onwards: £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, onwards: £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, onwards, £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 10-12). The Centurion (2.5km race for children ages 13-15).