ON the back of a successful first two years, a trio of trail run’s through Kielder Forest has again been included in a weekend of sporting activity.

The Kielder 10-mile Winter Trail is one of three events to be held by High Terrain Events in the area at the weekend, and is part of a fantastic weekend of winter trail races and off-road multi sport in Kielder Water & Forest Park.

Starting and finishing at Kielder Castle before taking participants through Kielder Forest and over the viaduct, the 10-mile run takes place at 10.30am on Saturday, January 5.

With 320m of ascent, the route provides some testing climbs and exhilarating descents incorporating a great blend of terrain, from the secluded Archer Cleugh Burn to the Lakeside Way multi-user trail.

Last year’s winner was John Butters who ran a time of 1:01:54.5, the first female to finish was Hannah Jarvis finishing in 1:07:55.0.

Runners can experience the national park in darkness when the Kielder Dark Sky 10km Trail gets under way from Kielder Castle at 5pm on Saturday, January 5.

Last year’s winner was Alistair Hay with a time of 00:37:41.2. Liz Mahon, who finished seventh overall, was the highest placed female with a time of 00:45:53.5.

Bringing the weekend to a close on Sunday is the Kielder Off Road Duathlon, which combines trail running and mountain biking.

Starting at Kielder Castle at 10.30am, the event consists of a eight km trail run followed by a 20km mountain bike race, incorporating the new blue graded bike trail, finishing with a final seven km trail run. Finishing back at Kielder Castle, all courses will be clearly marked and signposted.