OLYMPIC legend Daley Thompson will be on hand to inspire runners taking on this year’s Active Northumberland Kielder Marathon.

The double Olympic champion will be guest of honour at the two-day running extravaganza, on Saturday October 6 and Sunday October 7.

The former decathlete accepted an invitation from his friend and fellow Olympian Steve Cram, who is race director of an event billed as Britain’s most beautiful marathon.

Set in the stunning surroundings of Kielder Water – Europe’s largest man-made lake, the weekend will get under way with 10k and run bike run events on Saturday, before the full marathon, a half marathon and junior runs take place on Sunday.

Organisers have confirmed that 25 soldiers from the 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, based at Albarmarle Barracks, will playing a key role in the event.

Lieutenant Colonel Chris Gent said: “As a regiment with strong sporting, physical training and sporting prowess, we are delighted to be helping out with this year’s event.

“Not only will our soldiers be getting proceedings off to a flying start by firing a light gun off the dam, they will also be marshalling the course to cheer on the remarkable efforts from the runners. We wish them all good luck.”

The soldiers will make up a team of more than 100 volunteers, and North-East athlete Cram, who is known as the Jarrow Arrow, said: “As with all mass participation events, we rely heavily on the manpower of volunteers for their dedication, hard work and passion to make the runners’ experience the best it can be.”