Almost 1,000 runners completed today’s (Sunday, July 21, 2019) Northumberland Coastal Run – an unmeasured half-marathon from Beadnell to Alnmouth.
Tom Charlton, of Tyne Bridge Harriers, won the race in 1:16:58.
Second was Darrell Hastie (Gala Harriers) in 1:20:01, while Stephen Jackson (Elvet Striders) was third in 1:20:23.
In the women’s race, Jane Hodgson (Morpeth Harriers) was first in 01:28:14; Judith Nutt (Elswick Harriers) was second in 1:33:21; and Aisling Wall (Horsforth Harriers) was third in 1:36:02.
For host club Alnwick, Daniel Turnbull was first home, coming fifth overall in 1:22:47, while Jo Gascoigne-Owens was first female, finishing 113th overall in 1:42:37.
For full results, including category winners, click here:
Full Alnwick Harriers results:
5 Daniel Turnbull 1:22:47
63 Adam Fletcher 1:37:19
104 Jon Archer 1:41:44
113 Jo Gascoigne-Owens 1:42:37
123 Steve Patterson 1:43:15
142 Lisa Baston 1:45:47
170 John Cuthbert 1:47:18
180 Rob Murray-John 1:47:52
206 Ian Horsley 1:49:28
217 Paul Wilkie 1:50:28
226 Tony Jackson 1:51:06
250 Stephen Cowell 1:52:51
373 Karen Kelly 1:59:32
375 Shi Shi Ord 1:59:42
396 Sarah Spiller 2:00:47
403 Mel Steer 2:01:17
438 Lisa Williams 2:03:18
464 Denise Drummond 2:05:05
530 Justine Norman 2:09:43
579 Alexandra Harwood 2:12:02
622 Ruary Slater 2:14:40
624 Stuart Eaborn 2:14:57
639 Geoff Givens 2:15:54
675 Maureen Bartrum 2:18:45
725 Jeremy Gray 2:21:44
729 Gay Eastoe 2:22:23
730 Richard Eastoe 2:22:23
738 Helen Dickinson 2:22:59
748 Helen Patterson 2:23:21
818 Jacquie Mellor 2:29:27
861 Sharon Mungall 2:34:10
865 John Ross 2:34:42
875 Jennifer Knight 2:36:22
932 Sandra Hunter 2:47:40
937 Christine Mavromichaelis 2:48:53
962 Kirsty Steed 2:56:16
Sunday’s event marked 40 years of the race and the guest of honour was Archie Jenkins who initiated the event all those years ago and was also the first winner.
He kindly started this year’s race with a few words explaining that there were 12 people in the first race and over the years it has expanded, with 1,250 people registering each year to take part.
Archie then joined the race to compete, he also adjudicated the event, what a hero! He is pictured below (Morpeth Harriers vest) with Laura McLean, race director, and chairman of Alnwick Harriers, David Hindmarsh.
The Alnmouth Village Golf Club came up trumps providing refreshments, a marquee for our presentation and a great place for runners and spectators alike to gather at the finish.
First Aid was covered by Rapid Reaction NE Ltd who thankfully did not have any serious medical conditions to deal with.
Parking was provided by the Alnmouth Football Club and the Burgage Holders on Alnmouth Beach. It was such a busy day for them but a big thanks for all the hard work.
Also thanks to the National Trust and Landowners for allowing us access to their beautiful sites.
A huge thanks to all the spectators who came along to cheer on family and
friends. It makes such a difference to our competitors and is really appreciated.
Well done to all of the runners and thank you to all of the event marshals and organisers.
Praise for this year’s Coastal Run
A number of runners have written in to praise this year’s event.
Barry Maddison wrote:
“I just wanted to thank you again for the place in the run. What an amazing run. The scenery, organisation and the marshals were outstanding and the course incredible. I agree with my dad that it’s the best run I’ve ever done and I run many off-track ones.
“My dad met me at the end and at 83 brought back all the old memories of the 10 times he had completed it many years ago.
“I’ve attached a photo with him from the end.”
Another runner, Carol Armston, wrote:
“Thank you for the great organisation. The day was awesome for many reasons but mainly due to the option of starting at 9.30.
“I was very hesitant about asking for an early start but for me it was absolutely the right thing to do. I thought the front runners might be a bit irritated by slow runners getting in their way but the support I got from them was fabulous! Verbal encouragement and support as they passed pulled me along. It was unexpected but so lovely!
“Another brilliant result of the early start was that my youngest son started with the mass and caught me up on Seaton sands just about 1 mile from the end so we finished together, not something I thought I’d ever be able to do again.
“On a slightly sour note I thought the group that went off early because they had left their dogs in the cars in Alnmouth were highly irresponsible and abused the opportunity.”