"Deep in the heart of Northumberland you can experience a night sky which is out of this world”
Saturday 8th January 2022
Entries to open late September/October. Further details & entry links will be available nearer the time.
Make your Kielder visit into a weekend of fun! Held in conjunction with the Kielder Dark Skies 10k Night Trail Race on Saturday evening & the Kielder Off Road Duathlon the following day.
The Kielder night trail run is open to all abilities of runners. You will be tackling some of the amazing trails that Kielder Forest has to offer including single track, open forest tracks... All runners must run with a head torch and suitable trail shoes. Kielder's weather climate in January will add to the fun! You will either be running in snow, rain or if your lucky a lovely crisp evening under the stars in the dark skies of Kielder.
“Northumberland International Dark Sky Park is England’s first Dark Sky Park and the largest expanse of dark night sky in the whole of Europe, thanks to minimal light pollution” (Source: Visit Kielder).
According to the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE), the star-studded skies above Kielder Water & Forest Park are the darkest in England.
The best time for viewing is during the winter months, when the nights are darkest. Combine this with an awesome trail running route on a great mixture of forest trails then what further incentive do you need to pack your head torch, some warm winter gear & experience this amazing night run set in the beautiful confines of Kielder Forest.
Date: Saturday 8th January, 2022 Distance: 10km Entry Fee: £25 Time Limit: 2:30hrs
Start Time: 1700 Registration: 1500-1630. Event numbers will be issued at registration. Event briefing notes will be available approx. five days prior to the event. Nothing will be posted out.
Venue: The event is to be based at Kielder Castle Visitor Centre, Kielder, Northumberland, NE48 1ER. This is ideal for families & supporters.
As Kielder Castle is currently undergoing refurbishment we may need to relocate the event start/finish area. There are a number of alternative options adjacent to the castle. Updates will be posted nearer the time.
Parking: Event parking is at Kielder Castle Visitor Centre car park (pay & display) which is just a few minutes’ walk to the castle.
If the event is cancelled due to Covid regulations, participants will be offered either:
-A full refund minus the 6% online entry fee
-Automatic transfer to 2022
-Transfer your entry to another selected High Terrain event of similar value. This can be in either 2021 or 2022.
What's Included in Your Entry:
All event organisation
Experienced safety team cover during the race, including qualified & experienced personnel at various locations
Qualified medical support
A stunning event venue with a contribution to Kielder Water & Forest Park (This helps towards trail maintenance).
Fully marked routes with reflective signage
Online Registration, electronic chip timing
Unique finishers medal
Customised race number
For refunds, deferrals and cancellation policies please consult our T&Cs page
"Absolutely fantastic loved every slippy, muddy, dark minute off it with the added bonus of coming forth woman thank you very much for this fab race" Ali Kidger
"Thank you so much from the Darlington Harrier ladies , our first night trail and we loved it xxx" Andrea Reese
Absolutely loved last nights dark sky 10K, fantastic event, thank you! Jayne Cole
"My first night race. Loved it. Will be back" Andrew Hewitt
This is my second time running this race it's great, amazing skies and well organised Dawn Raper
"Thanks for the organisation that went into yesterday's Dark Skies event, will definately be back for the winter runs again" Jules
10k Course: Starting from Kielder Castle, formerly the hunting lodge for the Duke of Northumberland, the route initially follows the 'Duke's Trail' for the first few miles on a mixture of surfaced roads & forest paths before returning through the grounds of the Castle.
Then it’s back out, past the Minotaur Maze picking up the trail through Viaduct Wood along the banks of the River North Tyne. This leads onto a loop which initially crosses underneath then across the historical Kielder Viaduct. The route then follows the course of the old railway line alongside Bakethin Nature Reserve, leading onto a section of the Lakeside way multi-user trail to reach Bakethin Weir.
The route now follows the forest road leading up a steady climb past Devil's Lapful to reach the junction at Castle Hill. This is followed by an exhilarating single track descent to reach ‘The Duchess Trail’ running alongside Kielder Burn. Cross the old pack horse bridge returning back to Kielder Castle to a well deserved finish.
Total Ascent: 205m
Terrain: A great combination consisting mainly of forest roads, gravel trails & woodland singletrack. Some uneven sections of grass with exposed tree roots. Long moderate slopes with some steeper sections.
10k Time Limit: 2.5hrs.
The course will be fully marked with reflective signage so all you need to do is follow the route & look out for the forest animals...
Nocturnal wildlife: There are many nocturnal animals living in the Dark Sky Park, including barn owls, bats, foxes, badgers, hedgehogs & Gruffalo. These animals rely on dark nights to forage for food and hunt their prey…