THE splendour of Kielder provided the perfect backdrop for runners to get into their stride for the new year.

Over 500 competitors from across the UK took part in two runs, a 10-mile daytime trail run, and an evening time dark skies alternative, both hosted by High Terrain Events.

The 10-mile trail started and finished at Kielder Castle, and took participants through Kielder Forest and over the viaduct.

The race, with some testing climbs and exhilarating descents was won by Marcus Daeagrosa, of Gala Harriers, in a sub hour time of 00:58:29.

Runner-up was Wesley Tarn of Darlington Harriers, in 01:02:28, while Andrew Dancer of Moorfoot Runners, was third in 01:03:31.

First female home was Eilis Mckechanie, of Hunters Bog Trotters, who was 15th overall with a time of 01:16:28. Alice Loudon, of Edinburgh Triathletes, was second female in 01:18:53, while Vicky Gibbs was third in 01:19:18.

There was no shortage of local representation. Tynedale Harrier Gavin Spickett was fourth in the male aged 60-69 category, with a time of 02:01:49.

Gayle Forster, of Allen Valley Striders, was fifth in the female 40-49 category, with a time of 01:40:16.

The Kielder Dark Sky 10km trail also started at Kielder Castle, and took runners, who were fully geared up with head torches, into the forest.

Overall dark sky winner was Cathal Reilly, who completed the course in 00:41:46. He finished ahead of Oliver Teenan, of Edinburgh University Triathlon Club (00:43:20), and Andy Pullan, of Kirkstall Harriers (00:44:22).

Veerle Noben was first female home. She was 14th overall with a run of 00:50:24. Second female was Pollyanna Seamer in 00:52:07, while Eleanor Reed was third in 00:53:04.

The following day, the Kielder off-road duathlon, which combines trail running and mountain biking, also took place as part of the event.

Ian Mulvey, of High Terrain Events, said: “We had more than 500 competitors over the two days, and the events took place in quite mild conditions. It was great to welcome people from all over the country, as well as local competitors, to Kielder once again.”

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