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Northumber Coastal Run

It’s the turn of the Geordies and Mackems as we head to the north east. And when it comes to running in the region, the Great North Run is just the tip of the iceberg…

If there’s one event synonymous with the north east it’s the Great North Run. As one of the biggest half marathons in the world, the Newcastle event projects a running-themed image of the region to millions each year. But there’s much more to the north east than one race.

If the Great North Run is the north east’s most famous running event, then Steve Cram is perhaps its most famous son (in terms of running at least) . The former world record holder added another string to his bow in 2010 by founding Kielder Marathon. The race, which takes runners through North Europe’s largest man-made lake, has quickly earned a reputation as ‘Britain’s most beautiful marathon’.

Given the region is home to one of the country’s most rugged and charming coastlines, there’s no shortage of scenic events by water.

Northumberland Coastal Run draws close to a thousand runners each year, starting and finishing at Alnmouth Beach. Continuing with the beach theme, Sunderland Stroller’s Pier to Pier Run in May takes participants from South Shields Pier beach to the pier at Roker Beach, Sunderland.

With the region’s club scene continuing to grow, we speak to Iain Singer from the north east’s latest running club – Ashington Hirst. He tells us how his running contacts helped him quickly establish the club as one of the fastest growing in the region. From a Singer to a singer, Dawn Clennett tells us how being a member of her local choir led to her forming the group Coastbusters Hartlepool. Despite the name, she assures that the group favours hunting PBs over ghosts.

North east runners are well placed for the latest running gear and equipment with an abundance of running retailers. The region is served by Gear for Girls in Wooler, Start Fitness and Northern Runner in Newcastle, Runners Need in Gateshead and Start Fitness in Durham. When it comes to running in the north east, Gateshead is merely a gateway…

In this section of the site runABC North focuses on the north east of England - its clubs, running groups, facilities and services.


The best way to improve your running - join one of the North East's active running clubs.


A friendly introduction to running with other people.


Where can you find local physiotherapy, sports massage & other services for runners.


Running retailers in the region.