It’s tough keeping up with the Jones boy

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EUROPE’S longest single-lap mountain bike race – the Montane Kielder 100 – returns for its third year on Saturday.

More than 900 bikers will take on the 100-mile route which starts and begins at Kielder Castle, but takes in Newcastleton’s 7Stanes Centre.

Among those taking part is Matt Jones, who will also paddle five miles in a kayak on Kielder Water before embarking on a 26-mile marathon around the man-made lake for charity.

“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.

“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.”

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