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Killer Kielder raises £4,000 for Calvert Trust Kielder

Killer Kielder

Just a few hours in the saddle is enough to inspire thoughts of warm baths and long drinks for many cyclists.

But for Matt Jones it's a mere prelude to a marathon physical effort that makes the famed Iron Man race look tame.

The 26 year old from Newcastle will line up with over 900 other bikers on Saturday 3 September in Kielder Water & Forest Park to take part in Europe's longest single lap mountain bike race - the Montane Kielder

The shattering 100 mile ride over humps,  bumps, twists and turns takes place against the clock with the winner expected to crack the eight hour mark for the second time in two years. Few would argue it is
Britain’s most gruelling mountain bike race.

But when Matt crosses the finishing line there'll be no respite.  For he will then embark on a five mile kayak paddle on Kielder Water, before donning his running shoes to complete a 26 mile marathon around northern Europe's biggest man-made lake.

"I’ve done a 24 hour bike race before in Newcastleton and last year completed the Kielder Marathon.  But this is on a different scale to anything I’ve done before,” said Matt, who works as a senior project officer with sustainable transport charity Sustrans.  “The famous Iron Man event is similar, although the cycling is on tarmac and not on bumpy mountain bike trails.  I’m quietly confident, but not complacent.  This is a massive physical and mental challenge.”

Killer KielderMatt is attempting this challenge which he has named Killer Kielder to raise money for Calvert Trust Kielder and has already rung-up £4,000 in sponsorship.  He anticipates the bike ride will take 11 hours, the canoe trip 90 minutes and the run about 5 hours.

“I was keen to support a charity that is local to the Kielder area.  Calvert Trust Kielder was for me both an obvious choice and perfect match with the spirit of Killer Kielder, ‘It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.’  In the same way I am setting myself the biggest challenge of my life; Calvert Trust enables people to overcome theirs everyday.”

You can follow Matt as he prepares for this epic adventure challenge by visiting his website or following him on Twitter @killerkielder.  You can sponsor Killer Kielder by visiting



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Jeremy Duxbury

Tel: 01598 763221


Catherine Little

Tel: 01434 250232

Lake District

Lynn Healey

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