Former Olympic athlete and world record holder Steve Cram has unveiled plans for a new international sports event - the Kielder Marathon. Scheduled to take place on October 17, the marathon will follow an almost entirely off-road course around northern Europe's largest man-made lake, Kielder Water, in Northumberland, North East England. Cram, who came up with the idea for the event, has called it "Britain's most beautiful marathon."


The marathon will take a route on the newly completed Lakeside Way, a multi-user trail that stretches right around the shoreline of Kielder Water. Cram and his team of organisers are expecting the event to attract runners and outdoor adventure enthusiasts from around the world to the dramatic setting and unique course. He said: “Kielder Water & Forest Park is my favourite place to run in the world and with the water's shoreline being 26 miles long it's an ideal venue for the ultimate running challenge. Most of the course is off-road and it offers a wonderful test for trail runners, adventure racers and marathon enthusiasts alike. Add to that the stunning setting, with a wonderful new view at every twist and turn, and I think that this is quickly going to establish a reputation as the most beautiful marathon in Britain.”

The Kielder Marathon will measure the official marathon distance of 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. However, runners and outdoor enthusiasts of all abilities will be encouraged to enter. The event will start and finish at Northumbrian Water's Leaplish Waterside Park and be part of a whole weekend of activities for all ages and abilities, with a big focus on attracting families to the site.

North East England organisations One North East, and Northumbrian Water have provided the necessary funding to turn the Kielder Marathon dream into reality and it 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.

A ballot is now being held for entries. A short promo film featuring Steve Cram can be viewed at and latest news from the event can be followed on Twitter at















Next event date:
2010: 17. October

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