Last gasp entries for good causes

19 September 2013

It’s the last chance to take part in Britain’s most beautiful run and show support for charities across the UK.

Coming just three weeks after the Great North Run is Kielder Marathon, held at the award-winning Kielder Water & Forest Park in Northumberland on Sunday, October 6, 2013 and hosted by Northumbrian Water.

People from all over the country will be raising valuable funds for their chosen charity as they follow the stunning 27-mile course around northern Europe’s largest man-made lake, Kielder Water.

Personal trainer, Gary Williams from Darlington is running in aid of Prostate Cancer UK. He said: “I’ve chosen to run for this charity because someone in my boot camp class has recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer. I’m hoping to raise about £400 to help this great cause.”

Thomas Dickie, 43, from Leeds, said: “I’m raising money for Diabetes UK because I have diabetes myself. It’s difficult to manage fuel intake with physical exercise but I want to inspire other diabetes sufferers that they can do it too.
“I ran Kielder Marathon last year and it’s a really good atmosphere – all the people running are great and it’s such a nice run – it’s so scenic.”

Other events include the Kielder 10K and Run-Bike-Run relay event on Saturday, October 5, 2013 and the junior races on Sunday, October 6, 2013.

Event organisers are expecting up to 2,000 runners to compete in the weekend of events.

One man, Richard Lethbridge from Harrogate, is using Kielder marathon as part of his challenge to run thirty events over one year in aid of Newcastle Teenage Cancer Trust.

Regional Fundraiser, Zoe Hull, said: “Teenage Cancer Trust is delighted that individuals choose to use Kielder Marathon as an opportunity to fundraise. For us, it means that we can help support as many teenagers and young people as possible living with cancer in the North East and throughout the UK.

“We are very grateful and wish all our fundraisers the best of luck.”

Entries close on September, Monday 23, 2013. There are still places left in the marathon, 10K and junior races. To book a place, log on to the event website at For enquiries telephone 01434 689 040.

For more information contact Janine Scott, Communications Advisor (Kielder Water & Forest Park), on 0191 301 5538 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 awarded the best Tourism Experience in England by Visit England 2013, and the most tranquil place in England by the Campaign to Protect Rural England. For more information visit Kielder Water & Forest Park website at

Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust is a registered charity working to develop the Park as an inspirational place. It aims to improve economic, social and environmental sustainability, provide public recreation and leisure facilities, facilitate education in all aspects of the natural environment and advance art and architecture in the Park. 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.

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