Entries are invited for The Salomon Kielder Marathon, a duathlon relay event, set to take place in the heart of Northumberland on Oct. 7, 2012.
The Kielder Run Bike Run takes in the 26-mile course around northern Europe’s largest man-made lake, Kielder Water. There is an initial 11-km run, followed by a 26-km cycle ride. There is a final five km sprint.
Event organiser Steve Cram, a former Olympic athlete and runner for Great Britain, exclaimed: “A lot of people enter as a challenge to themselves but the Run Bike Run can be a team challenge or an individual challenge so it increases the competitiveness.
“We’ve had several teams enter from the same company and colleagues using it as a corporate challenge but also family members racing against their friends. It’s an off-road course, a test for adventure racers and cyclists alike and for the team entries, a great way to be involved in Britain’s most beautiful marathon weekend without having to complete the entire marathon course in one go.”
David Groark (46) from Seaham in County Durham, is a project manager at Northumbrian Water: “Myself and two colleagues – Elaine Smith (37) from Whitley Bay and Brian Ford (44) from Hunwick – were keen to enter as soon as we heard about it because we love the destination and often take part in running and cycling events. We’ve spurred some other teams in the business to take up the challenge too so let the battle commence!”
Event organisers, DS Media & Events, and event host, Northumbrian Water, have both entered teams and are encouraging other businesses in the area to take up the challenge.
Entries for the Kielder Run Bike Run are now open at www.kieldermarathon.com. Teams can enter as a team of three or as an individual triathlete. Team categories are corporate, family or team. There is also the Kielder 10k on the same day.
Entries are also open for Kielder Junior Runs – these races are taking place at the same time as the main marathon event on Sunday 7 October for children aged seven to 15. Register at www.kieldermarathon.com.
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. For more information go to www.visitkielder.com.