Former Olympic athlete and world record holder Steve Cram MBE today unveiled plans to repeat the hugely successful Salomon Kielder Marathon for the third time.

Taking place on Sunday October 7, the Salomon Kielder Marathon will once again follow 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 event was a sell out the previous two years and has retained its headline sponsor – Salomon, the athletic outdoor sports company.

Event organisers are expecting up to 3,000 runners to take part in the gruelling event. The marathon will follow the Lakeside Way, a trail that stretches right around the shoreline of Kielder Water. Because of the dramatic setting and unique course, runners and outdoor enthusiasts are expected from far and wide.

Steve Cram, former world record holder, Olympic medallist and the event director, said: “I’m delighted to be announcing the details for this year’s Salomon Kielder Marathon. As promised, we’re planning to grow and build on the huge success of our first two years with Britain’s most beautiful marathon at the heart of the weekend’s events.

“As we move into an exciting Olympic year, any sporting event taking place in 2012 has an extra element of relevance. We urge everyone to secure their place as soon as possible and make the Salomon Kielder Marathon their 2012 challenge.”

Entries are also open for the Kielder 10k which takes place on Saturday October 6. The other events taking place over the marathon weekend will be launched later this year. They are they Kielder Run Bike Run relay event and the Kielder Junior Races for children. 

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.

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.


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