Take the challenge at the Active Northumberland Kielder Marathon Weekend 2017

Take the challenge at the Active Northumberland Kielder Marathon Weekend 2017

Runners and riders are to be put through their paces, entering one of the North East’s most beautiful sporting events, the Active Northumberland Kielder Marathon Weekend 2017.

This year’s Kielder Marathon runner will cross the starting line on Sunday, October 8th, as part of an exciting weekend of races on the banks of Kielder Water, Northern Europe’s largest man-made lake. Active Northumberland has confirmed it will continue as title sponsor for the event for the next three years.

As well as the Marathon, the 2017 event will once again include the Half Marathon, the Kielder 10k, Run Bike Run and a series of children’s races, all taking place across the weekend of October 7th and 8th.

The weekend is run by Events of the North, a company led by Olympians Steve Cram and Allison Curbishley, in conjunction with Northumbrian Water, Active Northumberland, and Northumberland County Council.

Kielder Marathon - Sunday 8th October 2017

The Active Northumberland Kielder Marathon route follows an almost entirely off-road course around northern Europe’s largest man-made lake, Kielder Water, in Northumberland.

Britain’s Most Beautiful Marathon is the finale to a weekend of events, starting with the Kielder 10K & Kielder Run Bike Run followed by the Kielder Half Marathon and Junior races. It all adds up to an electric atmosphere and a fabulous weekend in this beautiful part of the country.

Half Marathon - Sunday 8th October 2017

If the marathon is a stretch too far and the 10K is over all too quickly, then here is your perfect challenge. The Kielder Half Marathon will have dedicated parking near the start line on the Dam for competitors.

10K - Saturday 7th October 2017

Come and Beat the Bull! Run the Kielder 10K around the stunning Bull Crag Peninsula of Kielder Water. If the full marathon is 20 miles too far for you, panic not! You can still enjoy the stunning scenery on Saturday 7th October for possibly the most beautiful 10K in the UK!

Run Bike Run - Saturday 7th October 2017

Enter on your own or as a team of three for the Active Northumberland Kielder Run Bike Run, which follows an almost entirely off-road course around Kielder Water.

The first run stage takes you on the first 11km* of the Kielder Marathon Course to Transition 1 in Kielder Village.

The next stage sees you take in the North Shore on two wheels, covering 25km* you will return over the impressive Kielder Dam to the South Shore and Transition 2 on the approach to Bull Crag Peninsula. We would recommend mountain bikes, hybrid bikes or cyclocross for the bike section. Traditional road bikes are not suitable.

The final stage is a 6km* run taking in the final stages of the 10k route and the stunning Bull Crag Peninsula and back along the Lakeside Way to the finish at Leaplish Waterside Park.

*Distances are approximate

Junior races - Sunday 8th October 2017

While the adults are out tackling Britain’s Most Beautiful Marathon, back at Leaplish Waterside Park our next generation of runners show us what they’re made of!

The Kielder Junior Races, take place on site at the Waterside Park in front of the throngs of spectators. Children aged 6-15 years, in 2 age group categories, can take on the challenge – either in the Osprey run, a 1.5km run for children aged six to ten, or the Centurion’s cover, a 2.5km run for children ages eleven to fifteen.

Both routes take place within the Leaplish Waterside Park boundary and juniors get to cross over the iconic Marathon finish line alongside the stunning Kielder Water.

Enter now!

For more information on the events taking place at Kielder Marathon Weekend 2017 and to take part visit the Kielder Marathon website

For more information on training for Kielder with Active Northumberland follow us @ActiveNland on Twitter, or find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ActiveNland

Train for the challenge


When you become an Active Northumberland member, you will receive an initial consultation to talk through your ambitions. Your trainer will give you a thorough induction and can develop a tailored fitness programme designed just for you. Your trainer will set personal goals and you can receive regular reviews along the way to ensure your individual training programme is on track and you continue to make good progress.


Active Northumberland runs MyRide classes from two purpose-built, theatre-style cycling studios at Ashington Leisure Centre and Concordia in Cramlington. The studios include a suite of special state-of-the-art Keiser bikes set up in front of a giant projector screen. MyRide classes take riders through jaw-dropping, stunning scenery on the big screen as they listen to motivational instructions from an expert coach. Using advanced technology and forward-motion video, riders can burn calories, lose weight and achieve lower-body toning as they work towards achieving their fitness and training goals.


Swimming is one of the most effective ways to burn calories and it uses all the muscles in the body. The resistance of water can be 44 times greater than air, meaning you have to work harder to move through it. This means that swimming is like working out with weights. You can expect to burn around 367 calories after just 30 minutes of breaststroke – that’s more than walking, cycling, or running.  Active Northumberland members have unlimited access to 10 pools around the county. Contact your local centre for information on swim times.

Mix it up

You might have started your training programme ‘all guns blazing’ but an intensive fitness schedule can be hard to sustain. You need to have fun and if your sessions at the gym are becoming boring and routine, think about stepping outside of the box and find new activities to enjoy. So instead of pounding the treadmill, try one of Active Northumberland’s many fitness classes – from aquafit to body combat, kettlebells to clubbercise, there’s something for everyone.

26 Apr 2017