Northumberland Coastal Run

Alnwick Harriers Coastal Run 24th July 2022

Many thanks to all the competitors to our event on Sunday what a wonderful day, albeit rather windy.  As we say in our notices “this is not a fun run” it is really tough over the sand and different terrains with the added factor of head on wind.  Well done to you all for taking part and making the day such a success. The added extra mile, I am sure, was something that was not expected…sadly due to the National Trust not allowing us to run past the bird sanctuary.  Our winners this year were amazing to come in such a quick time with all that wind well done to  Jarlath McKenna of Bristol & West AC in a time of 1.23.05 and Elswick Harriers’ Judith Nutt in 1.45.40 respectively. 

All details for the results can be found on the Results Base Website

Our first Alnwick Harriers home were Jim Allen and Jo Gasgoine-Owen…well done to you both.

A big thank you to all our helpers both on the day and leading up to the event.  Start Fitness made a fab job of our prizes this year and our design for the T-Shirt was kindly provided by The Duchess High School competition and the winner was Nico Mackenley… we all loved the Puffin

Thanks to our Medical Team…Rapid Reaction and the Coastguards had managed to be present, after having a busy lead up to the event with lots of incidents to sort out. Thankfully we did not need much or either of their time as we had very few medical issues to deal with.

A huge thanks to all our Marshalls as without them we can not make this event such a success.  We really do appreciate all the time you have all given to the event. A big thank you to our Referee and Adjudicators Bill McGuirk, Archie Jenkins and Lynne Marr who without their expert advice and guidance ensuring we are keeping everything safe and in line with all England Athletics rules.

We very much appreciate all the support from those not mentioned including land owners and residents in our area.

We hope you all had a wonderful day and we would really appreciate feedback and any photos you would like to share with us please post on our facebook  page.

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Final Call for all Runners: 9am Sunday 24th July

Please read the information provided (via the links below) carefully, to ensure a positive, enjoyable and safe racing experience. Note in particular this year’s changes to the first part of the route, also changes to water stations as part of Alnwick Harriers environmental policies.

Coastal Run Guidance Notes 2022

General Race Information 2022

Prize List 2022

Coastal Run 2022 Route Map 1

Coastal Run 2022 Route Map 2

Coastal Run 2022 Route Map 3

Coastal Run 2022 Route Map 4

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24th July 2022- Final Call for Transfers

The Coastal Run is fast approaching with our committee putting the final details in place to ensure you all have a safe and positive experience .  The cut off date for all transfers being the 29th May 2022 so please ensure they are all completed by that date as there is no extension available.

Please also note there are no options to rollover your place till the following year or to add to your order as transport and t-shirts have already been ordered.

If you have any further queries please get in touch via the following email address

Laura McLean

Race Director

Alnwick Harriers Coastal Run 24th July 2022

Registration:  6.30pm,  13th January 2022

We are  pleased to be able to offer the few remaining places to join our Coastal Run event which has been rolled over from 2020. For those already registered your place remains and you do not need to re-register.  The cost for the event is £30 for non-affiliated  runners and £28 for affiliated members.  This is not a fun run and is over difficult terrain with a cut off point of 3 hours 15 minutes.

The registration will take place online at 6.30pm on the 13th January 2022  and we are predicting it will be sold out in a very short time. There will be no further spaces available after this release.  Registration will be again managed by Results Base and  to register you must use the following link:

Please note that we are unable to offer refunds if you are later unable to attend, but we are happy to accommodate transfers up until a date confirmed nearer the time.

Any questions regarding the registration please contact Laura McLean on


Alnwick Harriers Northumberland Coastal Run 24th July 2022

Alnwick Harriers are pleased to announce the roll over date for the Coastal Run in 2022 as the 24th July with a start time of (approx) 9am, to coincide with the tide.

For all those who signed up for the planned event in 2020 we would ask you to check your personal details with Results Base to ensure they are correct. All those signed up are automatically rolled over to the event in 2022, you do not need to re-register.

There will be a small number of places that will go on release in January 2022 and would suggest anyone interested to follow Alnwick Harriers Facebook page or website for details of how you apply for them nearer the time.

We look forward to seeing you in 2022.

The Alnwick Harriers Committee

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.

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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)

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