Britain′s most beautiful marathon


Salomon Kielder Marathon race results.

Please click here for film footage from the Salomon Kielder Marathon weekend of activities.

First place male: Ceri Rees 02:39:26

In 1989 he won the Inter-Counties Cross-Country youths race (under-17) and in 1990 he won the Junior Great North Run. He only returned to running in 2005.

Second place male: Dave Charlton 02:53:57

Third place male: Robert Clark 02:56:02

First place female (8th overall): Angela Mudge 02:59:28

Second place female (65th overall): Mel Rotherham 03:26:39

Third place female (81st overall): Kate Jenkins 03:29:56

Kielder 10K race results

First place male: Tim Calder from Hexham (a Gateshead Harrier) 34 mins 24 secs

Second place male: Kevin Jeffress (Tyne Bridge Harrier) 34 mins 31 secs

Third place male: Matt Ward from Salomon 37 mins 02 secs

First place female (3rd overall) GB athlete Aly Dixon from Chester-le-Street 37 mins 02 secs

Kielder Run Bike Run race results

First place team: The Gas Company: Sean Poulter, Andy Robinson and Dean Watson from Doncaster 01:58:33

Second place team: Nexus: Steve Booth, Alun Morley and Paul Hilton from Tyneside

Third place (and first individual): Jared Bethell from Harlow 02:09:13

On Sunday October 7, the third Salomon Kielder Marathon took place around an almost entirely off-road course around northern Europe’s largest man-made lake, Kielder Water, in Northumberland.

Billed as ‘Britain’s most beautiful marathon’, the full weekend of events including Kielder Junior Runs, Kielder 10K, Kielder Run Bike Run and the main marathon itself, attracts runners and outdoor adventure enthusiasts from around the world to the dramatic setting and unique course.

Former Olympic athlete and world record holder, Steve Cram MBE, is the event organiser of the popular weekend. Steve Cram, said: “Kielder Water & Forest Park was always my favourite place to run in the world and I had always dreamt of holding a marathon there. With Olympic fever sweeping the nation this year, everyone was keen to get involved and we’ve had another hugely successful year.

“The Kielder 10K sold out for the first time this year and the atmosphere over the whole weekend was fantastic. Congratulations to everyone who completed the marathon.”

With the water’s shoreline being 26 miles long, Kielder Water in North East England, is the ideal venue for the ultimate running challenge, the marathon. Most of the course is off-road and it offers a test for trail runners, adventure racers and marathon enthusiasts alike. 1,193 runners officially started this year′s race.

The Lakeside Way is a £3m project in Kielder Water & Forest Park that forms the marathon course. It is a multi-user trail suitable for walkers, runners, cyclists, horse riders and wheelchair and pushchair users. The trail offers visitors new views and the opportunity to interact with even more of the park’s abundant wildlife and take in its scenic landscape.

Northumbrian Water is once again hosting the event which is organised by DS Media and Events. For all results go to

Previous winning times

2010 first male was Zak Kihara from Kenya with the record time of 02:29:06

2010 first female was Lizzy Hawker 02:58:22

2011 first male was Ricky Lightfoot 02:35:16

2011 first female was Jane Mooney (now Hodgson) 03:06:45

Film footage available please email

For more information contact 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

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