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Runners to take part in 'Dark Skies' race at Kielder Water & Forest Park

Stars in the Milky Way pictured in clear skies over this weekend, at the Kielder observatory, Northumberland. Photo: PA Wire

Runners are being given the opportunity to race under the darkest night skies in Northumberland this weekend.

The inaugural ‘Dark Skies Run’ at Kielder Water & Forest Park will take place today, April 18.

Organised by Trail Outlaws and supported by Northumbrian Water, the 26.5 mile challenge starts at Hawkhirst Scout Activity Centre.

The race will then follow the Lakeside Way trail, which has a total vertical ascent of 2684 feet, around northern Europe’s largest man-made lake.