Champion Ceri Rees defends his title in "Britain's most beautiful marathon" (From The Northern Echo)
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Champion Ceri Rees defends his title in "Britain's most beautiful marathon"
CHAMPION Ceri Rees defied the wet weather today (Sunday, October 6) to historically defend his title in “Britain’s most beautiful marathon”.
The winner of the 2013 Salomon Kielder Marathon, held in Northumberland and hosted by Northumbrian Water, is the first person in the four-year history of the event to win for the second consecutive year.
Mr Rees, 40, who is originally from Gosforth but travelled from his home in Devon for the race, completed it in 2hr 43min 55sec.
He said: “I feel tired. It’s different off-road running to road running – it’s tougher on muscles but easier on joints.
“Kielder is beautiful, it hasn’t been perfect weather for sightseeing but for running it was. I wasn’t expecting to beat my time from last year because I had a few injury problems, I was just pleased to get round.”
Victoria Nealon, 30, of Rugby, Warwickshire was the first female to cross the finishing line – in a time of 3hr 22min and 41 sec.
Billed as the most beautiful marathon in Britain, more than 1,000 runners entered to make their way around northern Europe’s largest man-made lake, Kielder Water.
Today also saw a number of children getting involved in the day with the under 16s races. The Kielder Junior Runs include the Osprey (won by Thomas Dixon, eight of Leicestershire); the Roman Mile (one by Aidan Pinkney, 11, of Hexham) and the Centurion (won by Max Pearson, 13, of Hexham).
Former Olympic athlete and world record holder, Steve Cram, who organised the event said: “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. Congratulations to everyone who completed the marathon.”
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