Kielder Cyclo Cross Challenge

A late winter off road cycle sportive set amidst the vast expanse of Kielder Water & Forest Park, Northumberland. The courses are designed primarily at cyclo cross bikes but mountain bikes are certainly welcome. You can enter either one event or both, the choice is yours...

Event Time:01:00 am
Event Date:01 January 1970
Event Distance:40 - 60 KM

Running Events

History | Getting Started | Top Events

Running events are some of the most popular types of fitness events out there – and are one of the easiest to get in to, whilst being very tricky to master. Because of this, it is a great place to start when you want to get in to a fitness regime – but there is a lot more to it than simply placing one foot in front of the other!

Runners taking part in a running event

Brief History of Running

Competitive races are thought to have at first started (as with many sports) with the Ancient Greeks, though many other traces link it to the Egyptians, parts of Asia and many other parts of Africa. One of the earliest recorded event is from 1829 BCE at an Irish festival honouring the goddess Tailtiu in a series of sporting events known as the Tailteann Games. A thousand years later in 776 BCE, we have the first record of the Olympics in Greece, and this is likely where many forms of runs and marathons have their origins.

Since then many different type of events have come about – through the Olympic Games are still probably the most famous. Throughout the world events are held all the time from simple small 5k runs to enormous 26 mile sprints like the London Marathon.

How to get started in running events

Luckily it is one of the easiest sports to get in to – you just need to start moving! Starting off with small jogs and sprints is the best way to get started and then you can slowly start to increase distance to build yourself up to bigger and better runs. I’d suggest started off with something like a 5K as this is not too challenging but long enough for you to get a real sense for what is involved in the sport. You can read our article here all about how to prepare for your first 5K which will give you some more insight on how to get your training started.

Once you get started you will quickly see there is a lot more to taking on a run than simply getting out there and jogging. If you are looking to get serious then you may want to start investing in some good gear – a good pair of running trainers is the best place to start. You can also invest in a lot of other running specific clothing too though be warned things can start to get expensive.

Running Races Near Me

There are quite a lot of different runs to choose from depending on what kind of experience you are looking for, we list some of the best running events in the UK, if you know what type of event you want you can click one of the links below to find out more;


Fun Runs  | 5K Runs  | 10K Runs  | Half Marathons  | Marathons


Top Running Events in 2020

We have picked out the best events taking place in 2020. We have lots more listings available, just click on the 'Running Events' tab at the top of this page to find them.

Bournemouth Marathon

Although we have picked this particular event, there are actually 4 different events taking place at the Bournemouth Marathon Festival so you really do have the widest choice available to suit your ability. Not only does it have great options but also stunning scenery, it takes place along the coastline and also the iconic Bournemouth pier. We have been to the Half Marathon event before so check out our review here.

Find out more about the 2020 Bournemouth Marathon


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The Kielder Cross is an off road cycling challenge based in the remote but beautiful expanse of Kielder Forest Park. Held over two days, this unique sportive style event will consist of a 40km night ride around the Lakeside Way on the Saturday evening. This is then followed by a more challenging 60km circuit on the Sunday incorporating a wider variety of terrain.

The courses are designed primarily at cyclo cross bikes but mountain bikes are certainly welcome. These will be fully marked so no navigation experience is necessary.



40km Dark Sky Course: Surrounded by the vast expanse of Britain's largest forest, this is a unique off road route encompassing the whole of Kielder Water under the dark skies of Kielder. The route incorporates the Lakeside Way, which is a multi-user trail that encircles the full 27 mile shoreline of Kielder Water. Although non technical, this is an undulating route with 1,480' of ascent.

60km Course: This will be one 60km loop encircling Kielder Water and includes very few stretches on tarmacked roads. With such an extensive network of tracks we have added 'a few extras' including forest tracks, grassy trails, woodland singletrack, forest rides, open moorland, purpose built mtb trails (blue graded) & sections of the Lakeside Way. Add to this a few little unique features & this will be an incredible route.

These will be fully marked so no navigation experience is necessary.



Professionally run event, qualified & experienced personnel at various checkpoints, qualified medical support, online registration, fully marked routes, route maps, gpx downloads, refreshments at finish, hydration & feed stations on the course, on site catering, on site accommodation, event photography, free event parking, changing, toilets, showers.


Event Location : Kielder, Hawkhirst Activity Centre, Kielder Forest Park, NE48 1QZ

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