Blazing the way for the Kielder Marathon

Kielder Marathon


Conversation lit up as two long distance runners swapped Olympic torch bearing tales.

Luckily for Angela Telford (49) from Rowlands Gill, her fellow torch bearer was former Olympic athlete and world record holder, Steve Cram MBE, who had plenty of training tips for her upcoming Salomon Kielder Marathon.

The Blaydon Harrier hopes to raise money for Cancer Research UK by completing Britain’s most beautiful marathon course on Sunday, October 7 2012 – part of a weekend of activities taking place in Kielder Water & Forest Park, Northumberland. Angela had breast cancer and in 2010 she had a double mastectomy.

Angela said: “I carried the torch from Wentworth Leisure Centre in Hexham then later found out it was the same day as Steve’s leg of the route in Sunderland. It truly was an honour – I loved every second of it”.

Steve Cram, Salomon Kielder Marathon event organiser, added: “Angela’s a fantastically positive person who is raising money for a great cause. I’m delighted entrants are using the event not only as a personal challenge and a great weekend away for all the family, but also as a means to raise funds for causes close to their hearts.

“The north east of England loves sport and athletics and it’s great to see the Olympic rings on the Tyne Bridge as a constant reminder of how we can get into the spirit of things. I hope it inspires people to get outdoors and active throughout the year.”

Helen Jackson, Sports Team Senior Manager with Cancer Research UK said: “We are thrilled to be the official charity for the Salomon Kielder Marathon. Our vital work into cancer research is entirely funded through the generosity of our supporters, and we hope that our Kielder runners will raise an estimated £50,000.

“Quite simply, this money allows us to save lives. Every week in the North East around 260 people are told they have cancer, but we currently spend more than £4 million each year in and around Newcastle, helping to keep families together for longer. Just half an hour of moderate activity per day can help reduce the risk of cancer, and the Kielder Marathon weekend of activities gives our runners the perfect excuse to hit the trail and stay active”.

Steve’s top training tips are:

• Keep training fresh by changing running routes, running partners and types of training (for example, hills or long runs).
• Keep well hydrated, it’s an area people forget about and only give attention to on race day.
• Don’t attempt a race in new trainers or kit, make sure it’s well worn in and you’re used to the shoes you plan to run in.
• Write a training log or diary, it helps with motivation.
• Ideally join a local running club or group, as training with friends makes the long runs much easier.
• Don’t try anything new on race day, keep breakfast and fuel intake as per training runs.
The Kielder Marathon event programme includes:

Saturday 6 October

- Kielder 10k race around Bull Crag
- Kielder Run Bike Run – relay event for teams or individuals that tackles the marathon distance in three parts; an 11k run, a 26k cycle and a 5k run.

Sunday 7 October

- The Salomon Kielder Marathon
- The Kielder Junior Runs – races for under 16s that take place while the main marathon event is underway

To register for any of the events taking place over the marathon weekend go to

Northumbrian Water is once again hosting the event 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.

For more information contact Alistair Baker, communications and PR manager, Northumbrian Water, on 0191 301 6851, 07711 793493 or or Philippa Clark, communications advisor (Kielder Water & Forest Park) on 0191 301 5538, 07970 897 756 or

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

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.

Salomon’s goal is to provide the best products for trail running and support our athletes as they push the limits of mountain sports. By running the Salomon Trail Series, it enables Salomon to interact with the trail running community and be part of the movement towards a greater participation within trail running.

Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research. There are over 200 types of cancer and Cancer Research UK is the only UK charity with the expertise and knowledge to tackle them all. More than 1 in 3 of us will get cancer at some point in our lives. Every two minutes someone is diagnosed with cancer. Cancer survival rates have doubled in the past 40 years and our work has been at the heart of that progress. The charity funds over 4000 scientists doctors and nurses in the UK, who work tirelessly to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.

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