Rees stays out in front to retain marathon title
Published at 07:37, Wednesday, 16 October 2013
OF THE 1,000 plus runners, the same person as last year won the Salomon Kielder Marathon.
Ceri Rees, representing Devon club Wild Running, successfully defended his crown at the fourth marahon, billed Britain’s most beautiful.
The event, hosted by Northumbrian Water on behalf of former world champion athlete Steve Cram, has grown in stature year-on-year with participant numbers similarly on the up.
In fact, the whole weekend there was taken up with endurance events with both the Kielder 10K and the Kielder Run-Bike-Run held the previous day.
It was the returning Rees who took in the route of Kielder Water’s Lakeside Way the fastest, his time of two hours, 43 minutes and 58 seconds guaranteeing him a second successive victory.
He was nearly 10 minutes fastest than runner-up Patrick Duffy (2:52:28), of Blackhill Bounders, while South Shields Harrier David Wakefield (2:53:11) was third.
After conquering the hills for the second year running, he was full of praise of the venue.
He said: “Kielder is beautiful and, while it hasn’t been perfect weather for sightseeing, it was for running.
“I wasn’t expecting to beat my time from last year because I had a few injury problems and I was just pleased to get round!”
Unattached Victoria Nealon (3:23:36), of Warwickshire, was fastest female as she crossed the line in 34th place overall.
There was local success in the junior races, promising 13-year-old Max Pearson, representing Tynedale Harriers, winning the 2.5km Centurion race for 13-15 year olds.
Also being held on the day was the Osprey (880m for seven to nine years) and the Roman Mile (1.48km race for 10 to 12 years).
There was a record number of people taking part in the run-bike-run relay with close to 300 participants tackling the marathon distance.
Individuals or teams of three competed in an 11km run, a 26km bike ride and then a 5km run with the Powered by Gas team from Doncaster blowing away the opposition for the third year running.
Their time of 1:58:35 saw them finish ahead of Sedgefield Specials (2:07:10) and A Walk in the Park (2:09:49).
Great Britain triathlete Martin Hallissey, of Ponteland, claimed top spot in the individual category, finishing all three disciplines in a time of 2:04:53.
There was double the number of participants in the Kielder 10K than that who competed in 2011, over 650 runners taking up the challenge around the Bull Crag Peninsula.
Blaydon club runner George Rudman, of Rowlands Gill, won the race with a time of 37 minutes and 54 seconds.
Reflecting on yet another fantastic weekend of sporting action in the area, organiser Cram said he was delighted with the success of the marathon.
He said: “Kielder Water and Forest Park was always my favourite place to run in the world and I had always dreamt of holding a marathon there. It’s been a wet day today but it’s been a good one! Everyone has been keen to get involved – the Run-Bike-Run was completely sold out this year and the atmosphere over the whole weekend was fantastic.”
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