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Kielder Half Marathon Review

I thought it was about time I did a little review of my favourite half marathon, Keilder. Ran by Events of the North, the same people who bring you Durham and Sunderland 10k and Half marathon. 

There are lot's of events over the weekend a distance for everyone, marathon, run bike run, 10k and runs which are for children depending on their age. A run to suit everyone.

Usually held on the first weekend in October, it claims to be Britains most marathon, I whole heartedly agree with them. 

How much does it cost? 

I entered with the early bird special and it was £31.  

Pre Race

I arrived super early and managed to park no problem, there was plenty of help and direction on where to leave my car, a free bus for runners and £3 for spectators which takes you to the start and can take spectators to the finish line. 

It was absolutely freezing at half 8 when I arrived, you have no idea how happy I was to see there was a refreshments tent selling, tea, coffee, bacon, sausage and egg sandwiches. I went straight for an egg sandwich which cost £2.50 and covered it in ketchup! Delicious. As I hadn't managed to eat my porridge earlier (sometimes trying to force food down early in the morning isn't the best). 

There was a baggage van collecting bags to take to the finish I popped my bag in at the last minute as I wanted to keep hold of my coat for as long as possible. 

The start was delayed by 15 minutes, which usually wouldn't bother me but I was so dam cold I just wanted to get moving. 

The Course 

My favourite half marathon course, it is most certainly the most beautiful. It's the views that keep making me return. 

The route takes you over the Kielder Dam, into the foods before heading back over the dam to head to the finish line. 

It's not the flattest of routes so not a half marathon to pick if you're going for a PB. 

There is water stations pretty much every 5k. This year the water was in cans, which were a nightmare. Opening them wasn't great and trying to keep moving while drinking is a pretty special skill which I did not have. I thought they were impractical and really hope they don't catch on at future events! 

My usually strategy is to run the flat, walk the hills and sprint the finish. I made it over the line in 2 hours and 23 minutes, which was a course PB, something to be proud of. 

My face at the end determined to chase down the 3 people in front of me, which I managed at uber fast pace. 

Post Race 

As soon as I cross the finish line I was given my (substitute) medal by my lovely friend Wendy and a huge hug. I was so happy that I managed to finish my 11th half marathon, I felt strong and it filled me with confidence for my full marathon coming up in 7 weeks time.  

The t-shirts this year were a lovely colour pink and seem to be better quality than last year (mine fell apart). This is the second year running Kielder where the medals haven't been delivered in time for the weekend and it is a little disheartening, as I like to show off my medal the following day at work. There was a substitute medal but it's not the same. 

One of the best things after the run is the cake tent. Everything is £1, homemade and absolutely delicious. It's run by the local community once I'd got my wet clothes off I went straight there and bought, cheese scone, rice krispy cake and a hot chocolate. 

Would I Do It Again?

Of course, I've already booked my accommodation for next year. Although I might try the 10k for a little change. 

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Kielder Half Marathon Review 

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