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Kielder marathon winner Ceri Rees scores a hat-trick

Ceri Rees winning Kielder marathon 2014
Image caption Ceri Rees also won the Kielder marathon in 2013 and 2012

The Kielder marathon has been won by the same person for the third consecutive year.

Ceri Rees, from Devon, ran the course around Kielder Water in two hours 39 minutes 43 seconds, beating last year's time by more than four minutes.

About a thousand runners competed in the race while nearly 800 took part in the Kielder 10K on Saturday.

Mr Rees said the marathon was "not about winning - it's more about getting round the course".

"Kielder is beautiful and the course definitely helps the miles go faster," he said.

Myra Jones, 31, from Leeds, was the first woman to cross the marathon finishing line and said she was "exhausted".

The 10K winner, Marc Fenwick, from Byker, set a new course record on Saturday of 33 minutes 37 seconds.

The 42km Run-Bike-Run relay event had more than 200 participants.

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Image caption Organisers said nearly 800 runners had competed in the Kielder 10K

Kielder marathon results - Male

  • 1st - Ceri Rees, 41, from Devon - 2:39:43
  • 2nd - Lee Muir, 28, from Brocksburn, West Lothian - 2:44:08
  • 3rd - Cees Vanderland, 35, from Jesmond, Newcastle - 2:46:42

Kielder marathon results - Female

  • 1st - Myra Jones, 31, from Moortown, Leeds - 3:17:58
  • 2nd - Sarah Burrell, 27, from Heaton, Newcastle - 3:22:38
  • 3rd - Ruth Jones, 34, from Peterbrough - 3:25:57

Kielder 10K race results - Male

  • 1st - Marc Fenwick, 29, from Byker, Newcastle - 00:33:37
  • 2nd - Shaun Brown, 30, from Denton Burn, Newcastle - 00:34:24
  • 3rd - David Beech, 34, from Seaton Sluice, Northumberland - 00:34:50

Kielder 10K race results - Female

  • 1st - Fiona Blackett, 30, from Bishop Auckland - 00:40:44
  • 2nd - Jessica Fox, 16, from East Herrington, Sunderland - 00:43:22
  • 3rd - Catherine Maclaine, 24, from Jesmond, Newcastle - 00:44:08

Kielder Run-Bike-Run race results - team

  • 1st - Powered by Gas: Sean Poulter, Andy Robinson, Dean Watson - 01:59:19
  • 2nd - One Life Juniors: Alistair Maxwell, Fergus Robinson, Sean Wylie - 02:01:35
  • 3rd - Team Ouseburn: Simon Whitaker, Stuart Anderson, Andy Graham - 02:04:31

Kielder Run-Bike-Run race results - Male

  • 1st - Martin Hallissey, 35, from Ponteland - 02:02:13
  • 2nd - Kevin McLoughlin, 48, from Middlesbrough - 02:11:31
  • 3rd - Paul McGough, 40, from Stockton-on-Tees - 02:15:59

Kielder Run-Bike-Run race results - Female

  • 1st - Laura Murphy, 32, from Wallsend - 02:33:10
  • 2nd - Philippa Graham, 42, from Wylam - 02:35:59
  • 3rd - Magda Grinsdale - 02:40:13

Northumberland County Council board member for community infrastructure and culture, Val Tyler, said: "Kielder provides an absolutely stunning venue for the marathon weekend and is hugely popular with a range of outdoor activity enthusiasts.

"The events are becoming a firm favourite on the race calendar and are really helping to put the county on the map."

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