Kielder Marathon weekend

Running activities and events in Northumberland

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Looking to enjoy some of the most scenic spots in Northumberland, exploring hidden gems that the region has to offer, whilst getting your steps in and an endorphins kick?

Looking to enjoy some of the most scenic spots in Northumberland, exploring hidden gems that the region has to offer, whilst getting your steps in and an endorphins kick? 

Check out our range of outdoor running events and activities. 

Whether you are a seasoned marathon runner or looking to enjoy a fun run with family and friends, we have a whole host of running events, hosted by Events of the North, for you to explore. 

So if you are visiting Northumberland for the day to join in one of their marathons, or making it a weekend break, plan your trip with Visit Northumberland. 

Choose your running adventure 

Events of the North have a whole host of running events and activities for you to get involved with, including events where you can walk, run, swim and cycle. Discover an event to get involved with: 

The Northumbrian - The Ultimate Marathon


Take part in the ultimate endurance test, The Northumbrian* marathon. A challenging combination of swimming, running and cycling around the rugged terrain of Kielder Water and Forest, covering just over 70 miles of Northumberland’s vast landscape.

Location: Kielder Water and Forest 
Date: 30th June 2024
*Entry fee required.

For more information about each running event, please visit Events of the North

Run, forest, run…

Events of the North running activities and events in Northumberland take you along some of the most spectacular coastal stretches, as well as through beautiful rural countryside landscapes and wild woodland, including through Kielder forest and around its vast man-made lake. 

Destinations to explore

After your exciting and adventurous run through some of Northumberland’s most beautiful landscapes, make sure to stretch your legs and enjoy a relaxing stroll through the region's historic villages and towns, filled with independent arts and crafts shops, galleries, cafes, and cosy pubs to chill out in. Some of our top destinations include, the historic market town of Morpeth, the coastal town of Blyth, magical Alnwick made even more famous by the filming of Harry Potter, as well as the beautiful town of Hexham situated on the banks of the River Tyne

Run then refuel

After a challenging marathon run over the rugged Northumberland landscape, refuelling your body and enjoying something delicious to eat and drink, we are sure, will be high on your priority list. Discover a wide range of food and drink in the region, and enjoy sampling some of the best local produce. From countryside pubs serving hearty comfort food, many of which are dog friendly too, fine dining restaurants offering seasonal options, including traditional Sunday lunches, to coastal seafood places and takeaways with a twist, there are so many great food and drink options for you to enjoy.
Mountain biking in purple heather
Family walk in Northumberland
Couple enjoying a boat trip
Hadrian's Wall
Surf Northumberland
Outdoor adventures in Northumberland

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