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.
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.