KIELDER DARK SKIES MARATHON, ENG­LAND

Trail Running (UK) - - Off- Road Racing -

Who doesn’t like star­ing up into a dark sky full of stars? The Kielder Dark Skies Marathon takes place at night un­der the largest area of pro­tected night sky in Europe, where the pitch-black con­di­tions of the Northum­ber­land In­ter­na­tional Dark Sky Park in Kielder For­est pro­vide the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for mid-race stargaz­ing. Held on an un­du­lat­ing course that winds through dense for­est and around Kielder Wa­ter, the trails are il­lu­mi­nated only by the many head­lights of run­ners mov­ing through the trees. On a clear night it’s pos­si­ble to run some sec­tions of the race with­out a torch as the moon re­flects off the still black wa­ters of the reser­voir, and you may even spot a shoot­ing star. A 14-mile op­tion is also avail­able.

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