[Sun 9th Oct]
"It was a wet cold morning when 9 Blyth runners arrived in Kielder for the 2nd Kielder Marathon (5 did the inaugural run so should have known better!).
After the Knitting Club where interviewed by Newcastle Radio, it was bin bags off and ready for the torture to begin. Well so much for this being Britain's most beautiful marathon- the scenery could hardly be seen due to the low clouds and rain.
This is a very tough course, with loads of steep inclines followed by equally hard declines. Occasionally the cloud did lift and the views were spectacular. It was better organised this year (although the start was delayed by 15 minutes), with lots of water on route and refreshments at the finish. Each runners name was announced by Steve Cram as they crossed the finish line, making us feel like real athletes!
Is it the most beautiful marathon ?? You bet.
Would I do it again?? - You bet (but maybe next year I might just catch the bus!!)"
Full results available HERE