Dare to run the bull!


Former Olympic athlete, Steve Cram MBE, swapped his running shoes for a montera (matador’s hat) today and challenged fellow runners to ‘beat the bull’.

Steve’s encounter with the real live bull (known as Prince Charming) was to launch the first ever 10K race around the spectacular Bull Crag Peninsula at Kielder Water & Forest Park, Northumberland.

The event is a new part of the sporting events that make up the Kielder Marathon weekend of activities on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 October later this year.

Almost 2,000 eager athletes have already signed up for the main event – the Salomon Kielder Marathon. And for those looking for a different challenge, the Kielder 10K and a Run-Bike-Run relay event are now open for entries.

Steve said: “Britain’s most beautiful marathon is proving to be more popular that it was last year. Not everyone wants to run the full marathon distance but we know they are still looking for a challenge and a chance to be part of the weekend. As a result we’re adding a 10k race to the programme of events and bringing back the team relay event.

“Bull Crag is a stunning part of the Lakeside Way at Kielder but it will be a challenging run. I braved the bull today! Dare you sign up for the Kielder 10K and beat Bull Crag? The challenge is on!”

The 10K race and Run-Bike-Run, both sponsored by RedSpottedHanky.com, will take place at 1pm on Saturday 8 October, the day before the Kielder Marathon. Children aged between seven and thirteen can also take part in the weekend’s activities as the Junior Runs will also return. The three races for children take place on the Sunday while the main marathon is underway.

The Run-Bike-Run event gives teams of three (or individuals) the chance to tackle the Lakeside Way, the marathon course route that encircles the shoreline of northern Europe’s largest man-made lake, Kielder Water, in three stages. First, an 11k run, second a 26km cycle ride and finally 5km sprint.

Teams can enter under the following categories – corporate, family or open.

Steve Cram added: “We’re delighted to have a new sponsor onboard to help make these events happen – redspottedhanky.com.”
Andrea Morgan, director of Redspottedhanky.com said: “Coming hot off the success of the redspottedhanky.com Sunderland City 10K we are delighted to be the title sponsor for the Redspottedhanky.com Kielder 10K and Run-Bike-Run events.

www.redspottedhanky.com is the cheapest and easiest way to purchase train tickets online, so we are naturally thrilled to be helping people travel from across the country to the north east to take part in these events.

“We would like to wish everyone luck with their training and preparation for the race.”

To enter the Kielder 10K, the Kielder Run-Bike-Run or the Kielder Junior Runs go to www.kieldermarathon.com or call 0845 155 0236 (between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday). The deadline for entries is Friday 16 September or sooner should all places be filled.

Northumbrian Water is once again hosting the events which will be jointly organised by Extra Mile Events and Roberts and Partners. Dave Roberts, who heads up Roberts and Partners, was a co-founder of the Great North Run.

Click here to view or download all images from the launch

Programme of events

Saturday 8 October
1pm Redspottedhanky.com Kielder 10K race
1pm Redspottedhanky.com Kielder Run-Bike-Run relay event
1pm Redspottedhanky.com Kielder 10K race 1pm Redspottedhanky.com Kielder Run-Bike-Run relay event

Sunday 9 October
10am Salomon Kielder Marathon
10:30am Kielder Junior Run – The Osprey (880m race for children aged seven to nine)
10:45am Kielder Junior Run – The Roman Mile (1.48km race for children aged ten to twelve)
10:45am Kielder Junior Run – The Centurion (2.5km race for children ages thirteen to fifteen)

Times are subject to change.

For more information contact Philippa Clark, communications advisor (Kielder Water & Forest Park) on 0191 301 5538, 07970 897 756 or philippa.clark@nwl.co.uk or Alistair Baker, communications and PR manager, Northumbrian Water, on 0191 301 6851, 07711 793493 or alistair.baker@nwl.co.uk.

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.

Redspottedhanky.com is the new easy way to buy your train tickets online. The new website allows you to search for times and fares quickly and easily, helping you to find great deals for all UK rail journeys and UK train operators.

Hexham is the nearest train station to Kielder.

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