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- How much is it to enter?
Entry prices can be found on our entry page at https://in.njuko.com/kielder-marathon23
Early bird discounts are available as advertised.
NB: Affiliated is to be a member of a registered running or triathlon club. Please note all stated fees include VAT and processing fee.
- Is there a closing date for entry
Midnight 4th October 2023, or when sold out
- Can I enter on the day?
Unfortunately we do not accept any entries on the day.
- Which event should I do?
It depends on your experience and current levels of fitness. Choose an event that will challenge you but is ultimately achievable. You can choose from Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K or Gravel Duathlon
- Can my kids enter?
Children over 15 on the day of the event can enter the 10K, or over 17 can enter the half marathon.
There are junior events available on Sunday 2nd October for children aged 6-15.
- Is there an upper age limit?
No. All that we ask is that any participant unsure of their physical ability to take part should seek medical advice from a general practitioner prior to the event.
- I haven’t run in a proper race before? Can I still enter?
Absolutely! You should ensure you are are physically able to complete the event, it is advisable to try a few runs close to the distance you are looking to complete before the event, it’s not a race against the clock but a fun and safe way for you to find out how enjoyable running is and to hopefully start you running regularly.
Getting to the Event
- I don’t drive – can I get to the venue by public transport?
There is very limited public transport in the area. If you are competing in the Marathon or Half Marathon there is a dedicated return bus service from Newcastle Central station available at a charge of £12 per person. Both runners and spectators can use this service. You can book a ticket for the bus during registration.
- How do I get to the start area from the car park?
There is a FREE shuttle bus service for runners to and from the car parks, your race number acts as your ticket. If you are collecting your race number on the day please bring a print out of your registration confirmation. Spectators are charged at £3 per person for the day. Spectator shuttles run throughout the day to various vantage points on the route.
- Can my dog run alongside me?
For health and safety reasons we cannot allow any pets to participate in any of the events.
- Will you send me information in advance?
Once you have entered we will send you by post your race number, timing chip & race information pack. Race information packs will be available for download on the website prior to the event.
- What do I do if I lose my runner number?
If you realise prior to the event, let us know via email or telephone and we can arrange for another number to be sent to you in advance for a small admin fee. If you can’t find your number on the day, the event information cabin at the venue will check your entry and issue you will an alternative number.
- Do I have to collect sponsorship? Is there a minimum I must collect?
If you would like to run for event charity partner our official partner charity will be announced soon. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send your details to them and you’ll be contacted with fundraising advice, but no minimum raise will be requested.
- Where does my sponsorship and entry fee money go?
All monies raised for your chosen charity should be sent direct to that charity.
Your entry fee contributes to the running of the event and pays for all the site infrastructure, equipment, T-shirts, medals, goody bag.
- Can I take part in the event but donate my sponsorship to an alternative charity?
Yes. Every runner is free to make their own choice if they would like to run for a personal charity close to them. Where you decide to donate is up to you.
On the day
- Is there somewhere that I can park my car?
Yes, there is a dedicated car park located near the Start site. Gravel Duathlon competitors only will be directed to parking at Greenside Car Park. Please follow the signs and marshals instructions to enter the car park where you will then be able to get a shuttle bus to the start. To help keep Kielder as beautiful as it is we encourage to car share where possible. PLEASE ALLOW AT LEAST 1 HOUR FROM ARRIVING AT THE CAR PARK TO GET TO THE START AREA.
- If I have been sent my race number, do I need to register on the day?
No. Assemble at the start 20 minutes before your race start time, wearing your race number (incorporates your timing chip) and join the crowds by the start line.
- What if I forget my race number?
Please go to the RACE INFORMATION CABIN at the Start of your event. One of the team will check your entry and issue you with an alternative race number.
- What time does the race start? Subject to change – please keep an eye on the website and event emails in the run up to event day.
- Roughly how long will it take to complete the course?
We would expect the majority of runners to complete the:
10k: 30 minutes – 1 hour 40 minutes
Duathlon: 2 hours – 4 hours
Marathon: 2 hours 30 minutes – 6 ½ hours
Half Marathon: 70 minutes – 3½ hours Remember – it’s not a race…. you can take your time.
- Does the course go on any public roads with traffic?
No the course is almost entirely off road on the Lakeside Way around Kielder Reservoir. There are no public roads on the course.
- How will I know which way to go?
There will be course signage and marshals at all key junctions to ensure you don’t get lost.
- Will there be any other activities available?
Yes there will be a range of activities available including sports massage, refreshments and music at the start and finish!
- Will there be any refreshments?
Water stations will be available throughout the route for all runners and each runner will be provided with water on completion of the course.
Isotonic energy drinks will be available at regular intervals from 10km in the Marathon, Half Marathon and Duathlon.
- I’m injured and can’t run what should I do?
Oh no and after all that hard work too! We are sorry you are missing out on the event.
Please contact email@example.com to inform the event team of your withdrawal. DO NOT PASS YOUR RACE NUMBER on to anyone else, it potentially puts them at a medical risk, we have no medical information or emergency contact details for them.
We do accept medical deferrals if provided with evidence of your injury from a GP or Physio. The deadline for medical deferrals is 4 weeks prior to the event.
- What happens if it rains?
Some of the most successful events have happened in the rain. Our events will only be cancelled if there are severe weather conditions. Make sure you are suitably dressed for the event. If it is drizzling or cold in the morning bring a bin bag to put over your head it will keep you warmer and dry before you set off.
- How difficult will the course be?
Take a look at the event information on the website which has a map of the route and a course description including elevation profile. As the course is off road it is challenging so expect some steep inclines and undulation. The trial is very well maintained so either trail shoes or normal trainers are suitable.
- Do I have to run the course?
We advise participants to run /jog or combine that with fast walking because of the length of time it would take to walk the course. However, there is no restriction at all if you would like to enter and walk. There is a 3 ½ hour limit for the Half Marathon and 7 hours for the Marathon, and 4 hours for the Run Bike Run after which time the event team will ask you to stop.
- What facilities will be available?
Toilets will be provided at the start/finish and at each water station on the route. Refreshments will also be available in the start/finish area for runners and spectators at a cost. Secure bag drop marquee will also be available for all runners. First aid and sports massage will be available at the start/finish. Unfortunately we are unable to provide showers or changing facilities.
- When will I get my running time?
Your race will be chip timed. The timing chip will give you an accurate start and finish time, so there’s no rush to be first over the start line when the gun goes!
- What is included in my race pack?
You will receive the following items:
- Event Information
- Timing chip (attached to number)
- Race number
- Why haven’t I received my entry pack?
Race information packs are being sent in batches via the first class post. The last batch will be sent on 27th September. If you entered after September 24th you will need to collect your pack on race day from the Race Information Cabin.
If you entered before 24th September and you have not received your information pack by Wednesday 4th October please call us on 01434689040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- I need to collect my race number on the day where do I collect it from?
You must collect your race number from the Race Information Cabin at least 45 minutes before the start of the race.
- Can someone take my place?
No. For health and safety reasons we need to ensure that the event organiser has all the details of the runners on the day in case of a medical incident. This is also against UK Athletics rules.
- How can I get in touch with someone if I have further questions?
You can email your questions to email@example.com or call 01434689040
- Q. Can I volunteer at the event?
Yes. We’re looking for a large team of volunteers to help us with the delivery of the event. Please register you interest by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01434689040
- Why is there an entry fee?
The entry fee covers all the unavoidable administrative and organisational costs that make sure the Kielder Marathon events are safe and enjoyable.
- I can’t run the race now can I have a refund?
Your entry fee is invested in the cost of staging the event with the fees covering contractors, suppliers and administration costs. The entry fee is non-transferable and non-refundable, however there could be the possibility of deferring your entry to the following year on production of an official letter from your doctor or physio. The deadline for medical deferrals is 4 weeks prior to the race date. You can download a copy of the event terms and conditions which are available during registration here