Active Northumberland Kielder Marathon weekend of activities

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29 September 2015

Reporters and photographers are invited to attend

Media information

Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October 2015

Please note, media badges and parking passes are mandatory for site and route access. Telephone Janine Scott by Thursday 1 October on 0191 301 6713 for accreditation and to arrange car parking. Please note, there is limited mobile phone signal in Kielder. To contact the PR team on the day, call Leaplish Waterside Park on 01434 251 000.

Friday 2 October

Interview / photo opportunity: Councillor Val Tyler, policy board member for community infrastructure and culture at Northumberland County Council.

Around 70-100 walkers participating in one of three guided health walks along the route of the marathon between Tower Knowe and Leaplish Waterside Park, facilitated by Active Northumberland as part of the 2015 Kielder Marathon weekend. There are three different walks on offer, varying between two, four and six miles.

All walkers arrive at Tower Knowe at 11am. The last walkers are estimated to arrive back at Leaplish, over the marathon finish line, around 2.30pm.

Saturday 3 October

Interview / photo opportunity: Former Olympic athlete and world record holder Steve Cram will be available for interviews on request.

The Kielder 10K and Kielder Run-Bike-Run events both begin at 1pm, starting and finishing at Leaplish Waterside Park.

There are 850 entrants in the Kielder 10K. The Run-Bike-Run is a relay event where 180 individuals and 40 teams will tackle the marathon distance split into three parts – an 11km run, a 26km bike ride and a 5km run.

Sunday 4 October

Interview / photo opportunity: Former Olympic athlete and world record holder Steve Cram will be available for interviews on request.

Kielder Marathon will start at 10.15am. It starts and finishes at Northumbrian Water’s Leaplish Waterside Park and is part of a whole weekend of activities for all ages and abilities, with a big focus on attracting families to the site.
The official marathon distance is 26 miles and 385 yards and event organisers estimate that the best athletes will complete the race in less than two and a half hours. There will be nearly 1,000 runners taking part.

This year also sees the first ever Kielder Half Marathon. This event starts at 10.15am on Kielder Water dam.

The route then heads in to the forest on the North Shore along the forestry road and winds away from the dam for approximately 3 miles to eventually turn and join the Lakeside Way. From this point the course follows the usual marathon route back across the dam and on to Leaplish Visitor Park and the finish line. There are 750 runners taking part.

Kielder Junior Runs will start at 10.45am at Leaplish Waterside Park.
The children’s events are in three separate age categories and will be held while the marathon and half marathon are underway. The Osprey is an 800m run for under 10’s (minimum age seven), The Roman Mile will see under 13’s compete over 1.48km and The Centurion is a 2.5km race for under 16’s. More than 100 children will be participating in the events.

The medal presentations for all events on both days are provisionally due to take place around 2.00pm adjacent to the finish line.

Images and film rushes on request: Still photographs of the weekend’s activities are available. Northumbrian Water can also provide links to download film rushes immediately after each day’s events. If you would like a link in advance to use footage from the weekend please contact Janine Scott on Janine.scott@nwl.co.uk.

Race results will be sent out after the events.

Times are subject to change.

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