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.