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Kielder Marathon a big success, say organisers

The Kielder marathon and half-marathon have taken place on Sunday.

Credit: Kielder marathon participants.

Hundreds of runners have enjoyed spectacular autumn sunshine while taking part in a race described by it's organisers as 'Britain's most beautiful marathon.

The winner of the men's race was Cees Van Der Land, a Dutch runner based in Newcastle. He said "I'm very happy, very happy. I did it two years ago and I got third place. Luckily number one and two didn't show up today so that's very good!"

Debra Crozier, 51, from Washington, won the women's race, just a year after running her first ever half marathon. She said, "I can't believe it, I really can't believe it. I feel better than I did when I finished the half marathon last year".

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The Kielder Marathon follows an almost entirely off-road course around northern Europe’s largest man-made lake, Kielder Water, in Northumberland.

"It's always challenging in terms of some of the undulations as I would call them, but it cannot be more beautiful and inspirational to run round. Kielder is one of the UK's best kept secrets so I'm glad there's so many people who've been able to share in it."

– Steve Cram CBE, Race Director & Olympic Silver Medalist, 1984

It was part of a weekend of events, starting with the Kielder 10K & Kielder Run Bike Run on Saturday, and followed by the Kielder Half Marathon and Junior races on Sunday.

Many of those taking part were raising money for charities.


Birds of a feather - that don't stick together!

Kielder Ospreys on camera Credit: Kielder Water and Forest Park

For the second year running, Kielder Ospreys returning to their Northumberland nests have been spotted having "flings" and demonstrating courtships with birds other than their life partners.

The Nest 2 antics are being watched by visitors through a camera on the nest and footage is streamed to visitors at Kielder Castle.

The “extra marital” activity occurs when one bird from a life pairing returns to a nest ahead of its partner and encounters an osprey of the opposite sex.

You can keep up to date with all the stories as they unfold through the Kielder osprey blog.

Kielder Ospreys on camera Credit: Kielder Water and Forest Park

Osprey Fact File

  • Ospreys are migratory and arrive in late March and April and leave again for Africa in August and September.

  • The bird is an Amber List species because of its historical decline (due to illegal killing and egg theft) and low breeding numbers.

  • Ospreys normally breed for the first time when they are aged between 4-5 years old.

  • They are largely monogamous and faithful both to nest and mate.

  • The nest is generally built on the top of a large tree.

  • Females lay two or three eggs at 1-3 day intervals which are incubated for about 38 - 42 days per egg.

  • Ospreys divide the nesting duties between the pair. The female does most of the incubating, brooding and direct feeding of the young. She guards them throughout the nesting period and will share the hunting at later stages when the chicks are larger. The male is the major provider of fish for the female and chicks.

  • Chicks fledge about seven weeks after hatching.

Kielder Winter Wonderland shut due to flooding

Publicity photo for Kielder Winter Wonderland. Credit: Kielder Winter Wonderland

Kielder Winter Wonderland has been shut due to flooding of the surrounding area. The road between Bellingham and Kielder was judged impassable leaving access to the site limited.

Today would have been the last day the site was open. Organisers say they have emailed and texted those due to attend and are contacting customers about refunds.

At around 6am we became aware that the rainfall was very heavy. Between 6 and 7am the water river rose by around a metre.

Its our last day so we are hugely disappointed but health and safety is our priority."

– David Hall, Northumbrian Water Limited

Police search for German man in Kielder

Credit: Northumbria Police

Police are searching for a German man whose clothes and belongings were found next to Kielder Reservoir, in Northumberland.

A member of the public reported finding a man's clothing and belongings next to the reservoir on Friday afternoon. Police carried out searches of the area but have been unable to find the owner.

Officers have now identified the man as Kilian Wolfgang Ruthlein from Darmstadt in Germany. The 26-year-old is 5"9' and of medium build.

Anyone who may have seen Kilian is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.

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