Families, business rivals and individual triathletes are set to go head to head in a racing challenge as part of Britains’ most beautiful marathon weekend.
Picture shows: two of the corporate teams and an individual triathlete who have taken up the challenge.
Left to right - DS Media and Events team: Marcus Cram (19) from Wall, Rebecca Verrill (28) from Wark, with Allison Curbishley, triathlete Alan Copland (41) from Hexham, Steve Cram, and the Northumbrian Water team: Elaine Smith (37) from Whitley Bay, Brian Ford (44) from Hunwick and David Groark (46) from Seaham.
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Competing to be the best, individuals or teams of three will tackle the Salomon Kielder Marathon course in the heart of Northumberland in the form of a duathlon relay event.
The Kielder Run Bike Run follows the stunning 26 mile course around northern Europe’s largest man-made lake, Kielder Water, with an initial 11km run, followed by a 26km cycle ride and finishing with a 5km sprint.
Former Olympic athlete and event organiser, Steve Cram, said: “With the marathon, 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.”
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.
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!”
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.
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For more information contact Philippa Clark, communications advisor (Kielder Water & Forest Park), on 0191 301 5538, 07970 897 756 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust is a registered charity working at Kielder to promote sustainable development, provide recreational facilities, improve knowledge of the natural environment and encourage the arts. The Trust works with the range of communities to benefit from these activities.
Members, who have appointed directors/trustees to serve on the board, are Northumbrian Water, Forestry Commission, Calvert Trust Kielder and Northumberland County Council. Affiliate organisations that are not members but have a close working relationship with KWFPDT include Arts Council England, Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Environment Agency, The Scout Association and local decision making bodies such as the parish councils.