Hundreds of runners were attracted to Northumberland’s idyllic landscape for the fourth Kielder Marathon.
Yet again, the race was a resounding success as more than 1,160 participants raced over some of the region’s most scenic spots.
The sun shone and the weather was warm for the event, which is around northern Europe’s largest man-made lake, Kielder Water, in Northumberland.
Billed as Britain’s most beautiful marathon, the site’s 26-mile shoreline offers a mainly off-road course and gives runners a chance to enjoy stunning landscapes.
The first man over the line was Ceri Rees, who also won the race last year.
And the fastest female this year was Victoria Nealan.
The weekend featured other races including the Kielder Junior Runs, a 10K event and Kielder Run Bike Run.
The Kielder Run-Bike-Run relay event, part of the Salomon Kielder Marathon weekend, saw 300 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 while spectators saw more than 200 bikes in use at the transition stations.
Powered by Gas from Doncaster were the first team to finish the Run-Bike-Run in 1hr 58 minutes and 35 seconds.
Martin Hallissey, 34, part of the GB Triathlete team was the first individual through the finish line.
He said: “It was really good – the off-road course was great for the bike but the second run was a killer. It was very hilly; I wasn’t prepared for any hills.”
Over 650 runners took part in the Kielder 10K – more than double the number in 2011.
Winner of the 10K, sixteen-year-old George Rudman from Rowlands Gill completed the race in 37 minutes and 54 seconds.
The Blaydon club runner said: “It was my first running event at Kielder; I’ve just turned old enough to take part. I’m really pleased with my time. I enjoyed the race and I really liked the scenery. There was a few times when I heard footsteps behind me and I had to speed up.”
The full weekend of events attracts runners and outdoor adventure enthusiasts from around the world.
Yesterday’s event was sponsored by outdoor athletics equipment Salomon and hosted by Northumbrian Water.