Kielder Marathon is Sunday...

Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 08 Oct '11


Deemed ‘Britain’s most beautiful’ the Salomon Kielder Marathon takes place tomorrow. Launched in February the 2nd edition of the event is the brainchild of former Olympic great Steve Cram and event organiser Dave Roberts…

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Kielder Water & Forest Park, which spans 250 square miles, is home to the largest forest in England and the largest man-made lake in northern Europe. It was voted the most tranquil place in England by the Campaign to Protect Rural England, therefore an apt home for such a great event.


They say that the second album is always the hardest for a musician, so for Crammy and the team it will be interesting then to see if they can improve on the highly successful first event, which saw Lizzy Hawker win the women’s race.

2010 saw the overall win for Zak Kihara in a modest 2:29:10, showing that not is the event beautiful but also tough, and this year sees local interest in the men’s elite race in the form of fell runner Ricky Lightfoot, who continues his return to form after early season injury. Racing gets underway at 10.15am on Sunday (9th), with a field of over 3000 runners taking to the trails – look out for a report, results and images via MST on Monday.

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  1. Olaf Oct 8, 09:03 AM

    You’ve sold it to me! Shame I can’t be there this year, but definitely planning on participating n 2012! Can we have 12 degrees, light breeze and sun with some minor clouds, please?

  2. Martin Stacy Oct 8, 01:58 PM

    I’m going for this in 2012 too. Ditto on the weather please.

  3. Matt Brown Oct 9, 06:51 PM

    You’ll be lucky to get a day when the wind isn’t blowing in Kielder. Perfect for sailing, not so good for running. I spent most weekend for 3 years sailing there, and for maybe 3 days we had no wind and some sun. Worth spending a weekend there for the marathon and checking out the bike trails or forest tracks up and away from the reservoir – endless, quiet and good scenery.

  4. Cottages Scotland Nov 15, 11:42 AM

    I have heard a lot about Kielder Water & the Forest Park, which has largest man made lake in northern Europe. I wish I had taken part in that marathon! That would have been good fun.

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