Britain’s most beautiful marathon weekend gets underway

Kielder 10K winner Marc Fenwick


A record-breaking number of people took part in the first day of a famous north east sporting event today (4 October).

See full result details at end. Additional photographs available from North News agency.

Nearly 800 runners competed in the sell-out Kielder 10K, part of the Active Northumberland Kielder Marathon weekend which is now in its fifth year and taking place on 4 and 5 October.

Winner of the 10K, Marc Fenwick from Byker in Newcastle, set a new course record, completing the race in 33 minutes and 37 seconds.

Marc, from the Tyne Bridge Harriers running club, was followed closely through the finish line by two other Tyne Bridge club members, Shaun Brown and David Beech. He said: “It was great news for the club to have the first finishers. It was good, a lot harder than I thought it would be though. I prefer flat, short and fast races, this was hilly, long and slow!”

The Kielder Run-Bike-Run relay event, which was also full to capacity, saw more than 200 participants tackle the marathon distance split into three parts.

Individuals or teams of three competed in an 11km run, a 26km bike ride and a 5km run.

‘Powered by Gas’ from Doncaster were the first team to finish the Run-Bike-Run in 1hr 59min 19sec. This is the fourth year running they have won the team category.
Andy Robinson who completed the bike leg of the Run-Bike-Run, said: “It was pretty tough! It was very windy from the dam wall and there was no grip on the bike which made it very testing. I really enjoyed it though and we’ve got a good thing going here so we’ll probably be back next year...!”

Martin Hallissey, aged 35 from Ponteland, maintained last years title as first individual through the finish line, having completed all three stages in the Run-Bike-Run. He said: “The bike leg was scary, it was very slippy but I enjoyed the race. I was also a bit quicker than last year too which was good.”

The main marathon itself, which takes place tomorrow, Sunday, October 5, is set to see nearly 1000 people follow the off-road trail ourse around northern Europe’s largest man-made lake, Kielder water, hosted by Northumbrian Water.

Billed as ‘Britain’s most beautiful marathon’, the full weekend of events attracts runners and outdoor adventure enthusiasts from around the world to the dramatic setting and unique course.

Northumberland County Council and Active Northumberland are sponsoring and supporting this year’s events.

Northumberland County Councillor, Val Tyler, policy board member for community infrastructure and culture, said: “Kielder provides an absolutely stunning venue for the marathon weekend and is hugely popular with a range of outdoor activity enthusiasts. The events are becoming a firm favourite on the race calendar and are really helping to put the county on the map.

“I’m sure the athletes who have taken part in this weekend’s events will be so impressed with the area and will return with their friends and family to explore our beautiful county and all it has to offer in the very near future.”

Kielder 10K race results

First place male: Marc Fenwick aged 29 from Byker, Newcastle (Tynebridge Harriers) 33 mins 37 secs
Second place male:
Shaun Brown aged 30 from Denton Burn, Newcastle (Tynebridge Harriers) 34 mins 24 secs
Third place male:
David Beech aged 34 from Seaton Sluice, Northumberland (Tynebridge Harriers) 34 mins 50 secs

First place female: Fiona Blackett aged 30 from Bishop Auckland 40 mins 44 secs
Second place female:
Jessica Fox aged 16 from East Herrington, Sunderland 43 mins 22 secs
Third place female:
Catherine Maclaine aged 24 from Jesmond, Newcastle 44 mins 08 secs

Kielder Run-Bike-Run race results

First place team: Powered by Gas: Sean Poulter, Andy Robinson and Dean Watson 01:59:19
Second place team:
One Life Juniors: Alistair Maxwell, Fergus Robinson, Sean Wylie 02:01:35
Third place team:
Team Ouseburn: Simon Whitaker, Stuart Anderson, Andy Graham 02:04:31

First place male individual (third place overall): Martin Hallissey aged 35 from Ponteland 02:02:13
Second place male individual
: Kevin McLoughlin aged 48, from Middlesbrough 02:11:31
Third place male individual
: Paul McGough aged 40, from Stockton-on-Tees 02:15:59
First place female individual:
Laura Murphy aged 32 from Wallsend 02:33:10
Second place female individual:
Philippa Graham aged 42 from Wylam 02:35:59
Third place female individual:
Magda Grinsdale 02:40:13

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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 number one 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 see

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