Former Olympic gold medallist Daley Thompson has confirmed he will be taking part in the weekend of running festivities at Kielder marathon. Thompson, who broke four world records between 1980 and 1984, has pledged to take part in the Kielder Run-Bike-Run event on 5 October.
Considered one of the greatest decathletes of all time, Thompson hopes that the legacy of London 2012 will encourage more people to take up a healthy lifestyle: "To learn that one in ten children is obese is alarming to say the least. But thanks to last year's Olympic fever, the nation is beginning to embrace more sporting activities and what better way to encourage and inspire our children to get fit, than to attend home-grown events?"
Founded by world champion and popular athletics commentator, Steve Cram, Salomon Kielder marathon has grown over the last three years to become a firm favourite in the racing calendar. Thanks to its spectacular location and almost entirely off-road course around northern Europe's largest man-made lake, Kielder Water, the event has attracted the enviable title of being Britain's Most Beautiful Marathon.
On the increasing popularity of the Kielder races, Cram said: "Kielder marathon weekend has grown year on year and I'm delighted we already have some 'ever presents', loyal participants who have competed in the marathon every single year since the event began in 2010 and who intend to maintain that record as the event continues to develop."
For runners thinking about taking part in the events, organisers are offering an early bird discount for the marathon, 10K or Run-Bike-Run before midnight on Wednesday 13 March. Visit Kielder marathon website for more information.