Marathon brings thousands to country's 'most beautiful race'
10 Oct 2017
Thousands of visitors, competitors and spectators descended on Kielder last weekend for the Active Northumberland Kielder Marathon.
Billed as ‘Britain’s most beautiful marathon’, the full weekend of events attracted runners and outdoor adventure enthusiasts from around the world to the dramatic setting and unique course.
Events included a 10 Kms run, a run-bike-run and the full marathon which followed an off-road course around northern Europe’s largest man-made lake.
The marathon weekend is in its eighth year and is run by Events of the North, a company led by Olympians Steve Cram and Allison Curbishley, in conjunction with Northumbrian Water, Active Northumberland, and Northumberland County Council.
Northumberland County Councillor Cath Homer, cabinet member with responsibility for leisure said:
“ It was a brilliant weekend. Kielder is such a unique location and people travelled far and wide to come to Northumberland to take part - which is fantastic for the county, the surrounding rural businesses and for the many charities that will benefit through fund raising.
" Well done to everyone who took part and to all those involved in the organisation of such a fantastic event.”
Race Director Steve Cram said: “We’ve seen some amazing running and performances against what is surely Britain’s most beautiful backdrop for any running event.
“I’d like to thank everyone who took part, everyone who came to support their friends and family and all of our partners and staff who helped us put together the Kielder Marathon Weekend.
“It’s thanks to everyone’s hard work and determination that it’s been such a huge success. Bring on next year!”
David Hall, head of leisure strategy at Northumbrian Water, added: “More than 8,500 people have been to Kielder Waterside to watch, take part and enjoy the events this weekend and the whole place has been abuzz with excitement from start to finish.
“It’s an honour and a pleasure for us host this incredible event and I hope everyone who was in Kielder over the course of the weekend enjoyed themselves as much as we did.”