With a course that traverses trails, sand and road as it winds through fishing villages, there is little surprise that this weekend’s Northumberland Coastal Run will enjoy a sellout. 1200 runners will compete in Sunday’s (23 July) and will be preparing for a 14 mile (tide depending) race organised by Alnwick Harriers.
The first ever Beadnell to Alnmouth Race was held in 1979 with 12 competitors, and in those early days runners had to choose their route starting in the sandy bay next to Beadnell Harbour before heading south to Alnmouth (approximately 14 miles). The route starts on sand, then onto road, sand, trail, road and finishes on sand at Alnmouth.
2016 saw Morpheth Harriers’ Carl Avery take first in 1:13:34, with Marc Fenwick second in 1:17:26 and Avery’s teammate Sam Hancox (1:17:29) in third place.
Alnwick Harriers’ Johanna Gascoigne-Owens proved to be a popular winner in the female competition in 1:27:17, coming ahead of Michelle Nolan (1:27:41) and Emma Holt (1:28:17).
Looking ahead to race day, the weather forecast suggests Sunday’s field, which sets off at 10:30am, will enjoy dry conditions and temperatures of around 8°C - 10 °C. Keep an eye out for runABC North’s race report early next week.