This year saw the tenth anniversary of the Kielder Marathon weekend which, thanks to its beautiful setting and tough courses, has developed into one of the best-loved events in the region, with a full timetable of races over two days.
Competitors from Sedgefield Harriers have taken part since the very first Kielder event - once again, there was plenty of representation from the club this year, and some of the athletes brought back prizes. On the Saturday, three teams from Sedgefield tackled the Kielder Run-Bike-Run relay (11K run, 26K bike, 6K run).
First home and third overall on their first outing were ‘Sedgefield Harriers A’, featuring David Bentley on leg one, with Rob Spink on the bike and Mark Raine completing an impressive performance. In fifth overall, were event regulars the ‘Sedgefield Specials’, with Chris Lines, Ian Dunn and Roger Whitehill. Also making their debut and finishing tenth were the youngsters in ‘TGC’, Ciaran Lines, Tom Hearmon and George Hampson.
Meanwhile, in the individual event, Harrier Tracy Henderson delivered a great performance to claim second place in the women’s race in 2:40:32. On the same day, Karen Killingley and Jennifer Chaytor ran the Kielder 10K.
The Sunday saw the tenth Kielder Marathon, where five Harriers completed the challenging 26.2-mile circuit of Kielder Water on a damp day. Serial marathon runner Gary Thwaites ran his 98th, and Lisa Darby, Ray Carmichael, David Walker and Chris Lines also took part.
The Kielder Half Marathon was also held on an ‘undulating’ course on the Sunday and Sedgefield runners Marie Walker, Emma Featherstone, Christine Hearmon and Ian Hedley all ran well. Here’s to the next decade of ‘Steep Incline Ahead’ signs at Kielder!.
The large turnout of Sedgefield Harriers at Kielder was indicative of the club’s thriving membership, including almost 140 seniors and even more juniors, as was reported at the recent AGM, where Pete King was elected as the new club chair.
Sedgefield Harriers is a very welcoming club for athletes of all ages, abilities and aspirations. Training with run leaders and qualified coaches is available most nights of the week and club members regularly get together for group runs at all paces. With a culture of giving back, the club and its members make many significant contributions to life in Sedgefield, and to the wider running community. Find out more at www.sedgefieldharriers.co.uk