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Friday, 22 May 2015

Iron discipline required in new Kielder races

IT already plays host to Britain’s Most Beautiful Marathon, but now Kielder Water and Forest Park is taking things a couple of steps further.

High Terrain Events has announced it will bring both a new iron distance triathlon and an ultra trail run to the area later this year.

The company already hosts the popular Kielder Duathlon in December.

The ultra trail, planned for April 27, is a unique event offering runners the opportunity to take in races of 100k, 80k or 50k distances.

All tracks will take runners through the expansive forest in Kielder and its single track woodland, mixed with open moorland and lakeshore trails makes it an ideal location for an ultra runner.

Event director Ian Mulvey said: “This is the first time an ultra trail race has been organised in the area and the location is second to none.

“The wide variety of terrain and the sheer size of the area make it a fantastic location for an ultra.

“It's harsh, unforgiving terrain so it's ideal for what we're after and really will make this a truly memorable event for anyone who relishes a challenge.”

The Kielder Ultra will form the first counting event in the newly created Ultra Trail Series organised by High Terrain Events.

Meanwhile, the Kielder Triathlon comprising of a 3.8km swim in Kielder Water, a 180km cycle across rugged terrain and a 42km trail marathon around Lakeside Way will be held on Sunday, July 6.

The event is sure to test even the most hardy of competitors but will score highly with the ironman fraternity.

Guest services manager at Northumbrian Water, Peter Pattinson, said: “We are very excited about holding the first ironman distance triathlon here – one of the toughest sporting challenges.

“While our reservoir can be a great place to enjoy organised activities, it is very deep and cold and can be a dangerous place to swim. Under normal circumstances, public swimming is never allowed.

“The Kielder Triathlon is a unique event organised by professionals and we are working in partnership with High Terrain events and the Forestry Commission to make sure that special safety measures are in place.”