Northumberland Coastal Run

Entries for the 2017 Northumberland Coastal Run have now closed!! 1200 places were available for the annual 14 mile run from Beadnell to Alnmouth, and these were snapped up in a record time of just over 4 hours! The race is on Sunday 23rd July and will start at 10.30am. The entry list is here

Nearer the time if you need to transfer your place to another runner all the instructions are here And no there is no waiting list!

Northumberland Coastal Run 2014-Start

Now we have your attention here’s a message from our secretary Sarah CROSS regarding the 2017 Running Awards!

“I am very pleased to announce that the Northumberland Coastal Run has been selected as one of the 12 races to go through to the “Race of the Year 2017”. Thank you to everyone who has voted so far to help make this happen!

It is now time for stage 2 of the voting process…

Please can I remind everyone that voting has now re-opened and we have until April 13th to post as many votes as possible. Please go directly to the following website and register your vote. If you could encourage family, friends and colleagues to do the same that would be brilliant!


Sarah Cross (Alnwick Harriers Secretary)”

Running Awards 2017

Many congratulations to just under 1000 runners for completing the 2016 Eclipse Translations Northumberland Coastal Run on Sunday 24th July. On this occasion the weather was kind to us being overcast, not too warm and most importantly without the usual strong headwinds! We’d like to thank the many companies and organisations who have helped with another very successful staging of this event. Apologies if we’ve missed anyone but thanks to Start Fitness, Northumbria Water, National Trust, Beadnell Boatclub, Alnmouth Football Club, Alnmouth Village Golf Club, the Red Lion PH in Alnmouth, Rothbury Motors, Motorcare Ford Alnwick and Hipsburn First School amongst others! We’d also like to extend a massive massive thank you to HM Coastguard, The RNLI,  Rapid Reaction First Aid and the Great North Air Ambulance. A runner collapsed towards the end of the race and was dealt with by a group of fellow runners until the emergency services took the casualty away. We are pleased to say that the man is doing well in hospital and should be released in a day or so. Without the help of this group of runners the situation could have been a lot lot worse. We thank you! Last of all we’d like to thank our brilliant main sponsor Eclipse Translations who have supported the event for over 5 years now!


There have been some fantastic comments on Facebook, Twitter, email and in person on the day by many of the competitors. One of the things commented on and praised just as much as the stunning scenery was the superb support of the marshals. Once again you’ve done the club proud with your vocal support and your urges to tiring runners! Without you the race would not be possible. Finally many thanks to the committee members of Alnwick Harriers for organising the event, particularly to Tracey SAMPLE and Sue BOLAM who are the two stand out members!


Here are the full results

Now to the race itself! Many congratulations to the 2016 winners Carl AVERY of Morpeth Harriers and Alnwick Harriers legend Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS!! Both of these athletes won the event for the 2nd time, with Carl producing back to back wins and Jo winning again after her 2013 success. Carl won in a brilliant 1.13.34, the fastest time in the race since 2008, and was almost 4 minutes clear of his nearest rival. Jo posted an excellent 1.27.17 to finish just ahead of 2 rivals after an excellent battle throughout. Age category winners for the men were former race winner Darren PURVIS of Birtley AC (male 40), Jason OLD of Elswick Harriers (male 45), Rob HANCOX of Morpeth Harriers (male 50), Ian NORMAN of Heaton Harriers (male 55), Ian BROWN of Tynedale Harriers (male 60), Mark McNally of Elswick Harriers (male 65) and Derek POOLE of Holme Pierrepoint AC (male 70). For the ladies the winners were Michele THOMPSON of North Shields Poly (female 35), Gillian CARR of Corstorphine AAC (female 40), Kim BLUCK of Tynedale Harriers (female 45), Fiona DEACON of Nidd Valley RR (female 50), Marie DROZDOWICZ of Elswick Harriers (female 55), Maggie LORAINE of Gateshead Harriers (female 60), Alexandria ROBERTS of Saltwell Harriers (female 65), Sandra POOLE of Holme Pierrepoint AC (female 70) and Joyce ARCHIBOLD of Claremont Road Runners (female 80). The team prizes went to the Tyne Bridge Harriers trio of Mark FENWICK, Terry SCOTT and Paul O’MARA, whilst North Shields Poly won the female prize thanks to Jacqueline PENN, Michelle THOMPSON and Suzanne THEW.


The overall first Harrier to finish, just over a minute ahead of Jo, was new recruit Dan TURNBULL. In his first race for us he showed what a class act he is by clocking 1.26.05. Adam FLETCHER was our 2nd male finisher ahead of the amazing Dominic HARRIS! Doms progress this year has been astounding and shows no sign of stopping. For the ladies behind Jo were Karen KELLY and Laura STUBBINGS, both of whom had good races. In terms of pb performances by Harriers there are simply to many to mention here, but everyone ran really well!


Harriers results:

22-Dan TURNBULL 1.26.05


59-Adam FLETCHER 1.32.32

86-Dominic HARRIS 1.35.48

107-Gary HALL 1.37.38

164-Adam SPILLER 1.42.09

199-Paul GODDEN 1.44.41

228-Mark DOUGLAS 1.47.04

249-Stuart MORRIS 1.48.04

259-Karen KELLY 1.48.31

289-Stephen COWELL 1.49.49

339-Laura STUBBINGS 1.51.56

343-Rob ENSER 1.52.05

371-Ian HORSLEY 1.53.30

401-Sarah GRAY 1.54.46

425-Lisa BASTON 1.55.46

428-Richard JOHNSON 1.55.51

440-Mel STEER 1.56.29

455-Micky AISTON 1.57.29

466-Steve STUDLEY 1.57.58

496-John ROBSON 2.00.10

503-Sarah CROSS 2.00.50

621-Ian McALLISTER 2.07.07

669-Ruth DOCTOR 2.09.49

682-Andy STEPHENSON 2.10.42

722-Sally ARMSTRONG 2.14.04

723-Mairi CAMPBELL 2.14.05

744-Richard EASTOE 2.15.52

745-Gay EASTOE 2.15.52

765-Kim BRONZE 2.17.16

778-John ROSS 2.18.22

944-Melanie BUCHANAN 2.44.38


Photos of Carl AVERY, Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS, Dan TURNBULL, Laura STUBBINGS and Andy STEPHENSON are courtesy of Emma SHELL and Dave KITCHING.


The date for the 2017 Northumberland Coastal Run will be announced asap!

Eclipse Translations , Northumberland Coastal Run sponsor

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.

coastal run

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 at 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.

At its height in 1992, 1,085 competitors finished the race. The course record for the race is held by: Male: Ieuan Ellis (Elswick Harriers), 1993 1h:10m:30sec and Female: T Calder, (Edinburgh AC) 1h:22m:42sec.

2016 Coastal Run Results

2015 Coastal Run Results

2014 Coastal Run Results

2013 Coastal Run Results 2013 Coastal Run Results

2012 Coastal Run Results 2012 Coastal Run Results

2011 Coastal Run Results 2011 Coastal Run Results

2010 Coastal Run Results 2010 Coastal Run Results

2009 Coastal Run Results 2009 Coastal Run Results

2008 Coastal Run Results 2008 Coastal Run Results

2007 Coastal Run Results 2007 Coastal Run Results

2006 Coastal Run Results 2006 Coastal Run Results

2005 Coastal Run Results 2005 Coastal Run Results

Northumberland Coastal Run Past Winners

Men                                                                                           Women

2002 Ieuan ELLIS (Elswick Harriers)                       Fiona SHENTON (Elvet Striders)

2003 Michael OPENSHAW (Birchfield Harriers)   Judith NUTT (Elswick Harriers)

2004 Ray WARD (City Of Edinburgh)                     Amy GREEN (Keighley & Craven AC)

2005 Darren PURVIS (Chester Le Street)             Helen LAWRENCE (Wirral AC)

2006 Michael OPENSHAW (Birchfield Harriers)   Helen LAWRENCE (Wirral AC)

2007 David KIRKLAND (Alnwick Harriers)            Amy GREEN (Keighley & Craven AC)

2008 Tim HARTLEY (Barrow Runners)                  Judith NUTT (Elswick Harriers)

2009 David KIRKLAND (Alnwick Harriers)           Debbie APPLETON (Havering AC)

2010 James BUIS (Heaton Harriers)                        Vicky HINDSON (Wallsend Harriers)

2011 Ian HARDING (Morpeth Harriers)                  Jane MOONEY (Morpeth Harriers)

2012 Ian HARDING (Morpeth Harriers)                 Jane HODGSON (Morpeth Harriers)

2013 Tony CARTER (Tyne Bridge Harriers)           Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS (Alnwick Harriers)

2014 Kevin JEFFRESS (Sunderland Harriers)       Debbie APPLETON (Havering AC)

2015 Carl AVERY (Morpeth Harriers)                      Emma HOLT (Morpeth Harriers)

2016 Carl AVERY (Morpeth Harriers)                     Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS (Alnwick Harriers)

14 Responses to Northumberland Coastal Run

  1. Michael Bennett says:

    Ran with Dave Walkers number, Elvet Striders, finished 104th, really enjoyed the event and was impressed with the organisation and marshalling. One of my favourite races having taken part approx 20 times.

  2. Andrew Baines says:

    Thanks to all marshalls and organisers for making my return to the coastal run a great time.Sorry to the photographer whom i flattened at start!!!!!!

  3. Susan Graham says:

    Another great day out at The Coastal Run, many thanks to all the lovely marshals etc who were very encouraging to those of us at the back of the race. Even the weather didn’t dampen my enjoyment.

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  5. Tony Burgin says:

    Cracking race and a good long sleeve T that will be used in the winter :-)

  6. Paul Luzanycia says:

    Completed the race along with 2 sisters, 2 brothers and sis in law (another sister and neice set off at 8.30 to walk ahead of us). A whole lot more of Luzanycia clan were waiting at the end and we would all like to thank everyone who organised this brilliant event. We are already looking forward to the challange next year where we hope to get the rest of the family to run.

  7. Jon Proffitt says:

    Many thanks to all who helped in any way with yet another successful Coastal Race, it’s well worth the 4oo mile round trip to take part and to get a great t-shirt for the effort makes it more so. I now know what a windsock feels like!!! Thanks again from all at Clowne Road runners.

  8. David Bathgate says:

    Thanks again for another lovely event – my 3rd time in last 5. I fell badly at 4 miles but picked myself up and finished 5 minutes faster than my time of 2 years ago! My ankle is now very swollen and can’t walk on it. Amazing I didn’t feel a thing while running. Thanks to those around me who stopped to check I was ok.

  9. Fiona Shenton says:

    Well done Alnwick Harriers you never disappoint, definitely one of the best races in the country. Is it possible to add my name to the list of past winners I was first woman home in 2002 (Fiona Shenton, Elvet Striders)? Overall winner that year was Ieuan Ellis, Elswick Harriers. I was a bit slower last Sunday than 10years ago, but I enjoyed it just as much despite the headwind over the final two miles :-)

  10. realy en joyed my 1st coastal run a supburb event

  11. Peter Taylor says:

    Thanks to all the organisers of this event for a great day I travelled over 450 miles (round trip) to run this race and although not having entered a race for over 25 years managed to finish. It was great to see such a range of people enjoying the day and the course is brilliant with such a variety of terrain which is quite testing. I did this to celebrate my 65th birthday and would like to thank everyone who supported me. Special thanks to my wife for making me get out there and train in the winter months and to Maureen Johnson who was with me at the finish. Well done Alnwick Harriers and everyone involved, hope to see you again.
    Peter Taylor

  12. Simon Arnold says:

    Completed the last 2 years – the whole family somes with me for the weekend. Was away this year during the registration period and couldnt get access. Got back on Sunday to disaster – all places gone!
    If any entrants for 2013 know they cant make it and want a ready replacement willing to pay the going rate, just let me know!!!

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