Northumberland Coastal Run 2021 – 25th July

For anybody who has signed up for our event in 2020, and did not request a refund, you do not need to do anything further. Your details will be used for the 2021 event and carried forward.

There will be a small number of spaces available that will go on sale once we have confirmed dates and clarity of timings. Please keep an eye on our website and Results Base Website for further updates.

Alnwick Harriers Committee would like to thank you all for bearing with us at this difficult time. We very much appreciate you retaining your place and we look forward to hosting you all on the 25th July 2021.

Any queries/concerns please contact the Race Director: Laura McLean on

Northumberland Coastal Run 2020 – Refunds

Notice from Laura McLean, Northumberland Coastal Run Race Director:

Further to the notification of the postponement of the Coastal Run, we can now give you details of the Refund Process. The date for the 2021 event will be published in late Autumn when we have more information regarding the height of the tide, but will be around the 2nd or 3rd Sunday in July.  All those requiring a refund will need to submit the following details to


Order ID (can be found on Results Base Website)

Last 4 digits of card used for purchase (monies refunded direct to the card)

The last day for refunds will be the 1st May 2020  any requests after that date will be declined.  All those applying will be given a full refund. Please note once refunded you will not be able to take up the place and would need to reapply next year when there will be limited spaces.

Any queries regarding the refund policy please contact the Race Director, Laura McLean

Northumberland Coastal Run- 19th July 2020

POSTPONED until 2021

Alnwick Harriers regret to inform you that this year’s event scheduled for the 19th July is now cancelled due to the ongoing health concerns surrounding Covid-19 virus. There will therefore be no Coastal Run in 2020 and for those who have entered, your place will automatically be transferred to our event in 2021.

As the Coastal Run relies on the height of the tide, for a safe route, we are unable to confirm a new date at present.  In the Autumn  we will be able to obtain accurate tide times and be able to publish a new date.  It will however be on one Sunday in July 2021.

We will be posting details soon for anyone who wants a refund, but please bear in mind you will then have to reapply for your place for next years event.

Transfers will continue to remain open until one month prior to July 2021.

Any queries regarding this information please contact the Race Director, Laura McLean on

We look forward to hopefully seeing you all in 2021.

The following photos are with kind permission of Dan Mallen who has managed to take some amazing shots along the route you will be taking on your way from Beadnell Harbour to Alnmouth Beach.  

Beadnell Bay….be prepared to get your feet wet!!

Looking back to Beadnell…first bit of the beach completed!!

Bathing House near Howick

Dunstanburgh Castle in the distance….nearly half way!!!

Alnwick Harriers 2018….the windy one!!

Steps down to the beach…on the final straight to Alnmouth Beach

2019 Report

Almost 1,000 runners completed the 2019 Northumberland Coastal Run (Sunday, July 21) – 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.”

Coastal Run – 2018 results

Here are the results for the 2018 Northumberland Coastal Run, held on Sunday 29th July…

Many, many thanks to the superb marshals who cheered on the participants so well despite the grim weather! And of course many thanks to race organiser Tracey SAMPLE who did a fantastic job in organising another great event. The committee would also like to thank several organisations who made the race possible including Rothbury Motors, Alnmouth FC, The National Trust, Rapid Reaction, Alnmouth Links Golf Club and Hipsburn First School. Finally well done to the runners who braved the rain and headwinds!! Hope to see you again next year!

Well done to the race winners who were Tyne Bridge Harrier Tom CHARLTON and for the 2nd year running Morpeth Harrier Jane HODGSON. Tom was the clear winner of this race for his first time, finishing over 3 minutes ahead of 2nd placed Ross FLOYD of Morpeth Harriers. Stephen JACKSON of Elvet Striders was 3rd, ahead of our very own Dan TURNBULL who retained the 1st male Harrier shield. For the women Jane won the event for the 2nd year on the spin, finishing just over 6 minutes ahead of Horsforth Harrier Aisling WALL. Former winner Judith NUTT was 3rd, whilst Alnwicks first finisher was Laura STUBBINGS, having a rare run in a Harriers vest!

2018 Harriers results:

4-Dan TURNBULL 1.26.23

34-Steve PATTERSON 1.35.24

75-Allan FOGGON 1.41.01

117-Adam FLETCHER 1.45.20

123-Jason DAWSON 1.45.52

156-John CUTHBERT 1.47.54

175-Laura STUBBINGS 1.49.33

185-Ian HORSLEY 1.50.30

192-Steve STUDLEY 1.51.20

204-Gareth PEARSON 1.52.05

245-Lisa BASTON 1.54.27

247-Tim FALCONER 1.54.49

343-Mel STEER 2.00.36

484-Ian STEPHENSON 2.10.32

521-Alice TETLEY-PAUL 2.12.32

600-Jo WOODCOCK 2.18.26

631-Emma McGEE 2.20.27

646-Chris FRIEND 2.21.31

678-Stuart EABORN 2.24.43

788-Richard EASTOE 2.34.51

789-Gay EASTOE 2.34.51

818-Eileen GUTHRIE 2.38.16

822-Nell GAIR 2.39.05

827-Linda PATTERSON 2.40.06

831-John ROSS 2.40.42

846-Laura McLEAN Jr 2.43.17

870-Sheelagh WOODCOCK 2.45.58

897-Peter EMBLETON 2.52.25

898-Carol WALL 2.52.29

899-Helen PATTERSON 2.52.30

901-Wendy APPLEBY 2.52.31

902-Helen THOMPSON 2.52.31

903-Laura McLEAN Sr 2.52.31

904-David COOPER 2.52.31

905-Una McCAIG 2.52.32

906-Brenda MALLEN 2.52.33

908-Emma GIVENS 2.52.34

Photos are of female race winner Jane HODGSON (courtesy of Steve MILLER), 1st Harrier Dan TURNBULL and Laura STUBBINGS/Steve STUDLEY.

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.

2018 Coastal Run Results

2017 Coastal Run Results

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)

2017 Ian HARDING (Morpeth Harriers)                Jane HODGSON (Morpeth Harriers)

2018 Tom CHARLTON (Tyne Bridge Harriers)    Jane HODGSON (Morpeth Harriers)

20 Responses to Northumberland Coastal Run 2021 – 25th July

  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!!!

  13. Jasmine Hazlehurst says:

    Thank uou to all of the marshalls and volunteers yesterday who gave up there time in some really bad weather to make this race happen. Special thanks to Don McClean and the tail runners for getting me through the last few miles of the race. You were excellent x

  14. yvonne says:

    Thank you to Alnwick Harriers for another great run. And thank you for my vet 65 award. It’s relatively unusual to have an award in this category because it is relatively unusual to be a female runner age 65 plus. I understand that. But it takes a lot of motivation to continue running as the times fall off a cliff-edge (!), so thank you so, so much you lovely people! I will see you next year.

  15. Susan Nelson says:

    Do you have a date for 2020?
    Need to book accommodation ASAP

  16. Andrew Bowmer says:

    im just enquiring if the coastal run is being held in 2020 and if so what the date is please

    kind regards

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