We look forward to welcoming you to Kielder Water & Forest Park. Please see our Know Before You Go page for lots of useful information including important details on access to routes following storm damage.
Kielder Half Marathon
2015 sees the inaugural Kielder Half Marathon added to the already hugely successful Active Northumberland portfolio of events to be held on October 3rd/4th at the stunning location of Kielder Water. The new event will utilise much of the beautiful Lakeside Way which is such a feature of the marathon and 10k routes, but provides runners with a fabulous opportunity to enjoy all aspects of Kielder over the classic and challenging half marathon distance. The Race will start on Kielder Water’s spectacular Dam providing an inspirational backdrop for those taking part and spectating. 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! The Kielder Half Marathon will have dedicated parking near the start line on the Dam for competitors. All kit and spectators are then taken to the finish via the usual bus service which will operate a return arrangement from the finish area. This is a fabulous opportunity to enjoy all of the atmosphere and captivating scenery which has made the Kielder weekend such a favourite for runners from all over the UK and beyond. If the marathon is a stretch too far and the 10k is over all too quickly, then here is your perfect challenge. We look forward to welcoming you to this exciting new event! All participants will receive a tech t shirt, superb medal and a goody bag. Prizes are available for top 3 male and female as well as age group categories. Details to follow. A park and ride system operates over event weekend for all runners & spectators* and there will be a shuttle bus operating to take spectators to different spectator points around the route. Secure baggage drop is available at the start line which will then be transferred to the finish at Leaplish Waterside Park. Post race massage is available for all participants in the event marquee. Local produce and refreshments available in the event marquee. Plenty of fun activities and beautiful scenery to absorb for those who aren't taking part! Check out previous year's photos and our short video to whet your appetite!! Don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@kieldermarathon) for regular updates, news, views and chat! Further event information will be posted here in the coming weeks so please keep checking back for news. Why not make a short break of it and bring your friends and family along? There is plenty to do in and around Kielder Water and the wider Northumberland countryside! Use the accommodation link to look for places to stay. *Shuttle bus free for all competitors, there will be a small fee charged to all spectators.