The Northumberland Coastal Run takes place on July 17, 2010 at 10.30am. The multi-terrain run along the beaches and coast line of Northumberland is very popular and is always oversubscribed so make sure you get your entry in early!
The first ever Beadnell to Alnmouth Race was held 1979, there were only 12 competitors. In the beginning competitors had to choose their route starting in the sandy bay next to Beadnell Harbour and then heading south running to Alnmouth (approximately 14 miles). The winner of the first race was Archie Jenkins who runs for Morpeth Harriers. The winning time was 1 hour 22:30.
In the first two to three years many changes were made to the route as runners found the short cuts and quickest routes. Apart from one or two sensitive areas the course is unmarked and competitors are responsible for choosing their own route. The course is however, now well established as it makes its way from Beadnell to Alnmouth using public footpaths and roadways. The course which most competitors choose to run is approximately 14 miles long (depending on whether the tide is in or out) and makes its way as follows:
Start Beadnell Bay and head South via Newton Links, Low Newton By The Sea, Dunstan Golf Course, Dunstanburgh Castle, Craster Village, The Heughs, Cullernose Point, Howick (Sea Houses Farm), Sugar Sands, Boulmer, Foxton Beach, and finishes on the beach at Alnmouth.The race route can be found on the Alnwick Harriers website.
At its height in 1992, 1,085 competitors finished the race. The course record for the race is held by: Male: I Ellis (Elswick), 1993 1h:10m:30sec and Female: T Calder, (Edinburgh AC) 1h:22m:42sec. 2009 saw 864 runners compete with David Kirkland winning in 77.50minutes and Debbie Appletonfirst female finisher in 94.21minutes. Full race results of 2009 can be found on the official website.
Entry to the race is only available on the Alnwick Harrier website.