The National Trust will host the first ever Durham Coast half marathon this summer, with organisers looking to take advantage of the city's regenerated coastline. With just 250 entries available for the inaugural race, runners in the North East are being advised to register promptly to avoid disappointment.
Scheduled for Sunday 9 June, the race begins at Noses Point in Seaham, and follows the coastline south for almost the entire 13.1 miles. With entries priced at just £14, (£16 for unaffiliated members), the half marathon provides an excellent opportunity for runners looking to hit a summer PB.
Co-organiser Wayne Appleton told northernrunningguide.com: "The Trust owns some very beautiful coastlines that are ideal for holding events like this, so we decided to run our own half marathon. We are constantly trying to attract people here and in doing the half marathon I hope this helps show people how good it looks now."
On the coast's regeneration, Wayne added: "The Durham coastline has had over 100 years of neglect and pollution from the five collieries that were dumping onto the beaches here. Since the collieries have closed the coastline has been slowly recovering and is now turning into a beautiful place to visit."
Depending on the success of the race this summer, Wayne said he hopes to stage the event annually, while upping the distance to a marathon is also under consideration. To register, visit Durham Coast half marathon website.