Kielder Marathon Festival

Report by Sue Skirrow

The sun shone for the six Alnwick Harriers travelling across on Saturday for the Kielder 10K, which attracts a field of nearly 1000 runners every year.  The scenic, trail route began with a tough kilometre climb before settling to a more manageable undulating circuit around the Bull Crag Peninsula finishing along the Lakeside Way.

Peter Grey was 35th finisher and first back for Alnwick with an impressive chip time of 43 minutes 20 seconds to bag first male V60 prize.  Jo Powell was Alnwick’s first female back, finishing 16th female out of 585 and Diana Weightman came in 1 minute 40 seconds later, adding to her medal haul when she finished 2nd female V50.  Sisters Jennifer Knight and Linda Patterson both ran 10K PBs, which is no mean achievement over such a testing course! And shaking off recent injury woes Sue Skirrow finished just outside of the hour.

Sundays competitors weren’t quite so fortunate with the weather and in less favourable conditions 713 athletes took part in what has been dubbed as Britain’s most scenic marathon.  Marathon veteran Chris Atwell participated in the challenging event, finishing 43rd out of 87 in the V50 category.

10K chip positions & times:- Peter Grey 35th 43:20; Jo Powell 86th 47:20; Diana Weightman 108th 49:00; Jennifer Knight 178th 52:06; Linda Patterson 317th 57:05; Sue Skirrow 445th 60:43

Marathon chip position & time:- Chris Atwell 330th 04:24:59

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