Northumberland Coastal Run

Entry has closed for this year’s Northumberland Coastal Run, which is taking place on Sunday, July 21, 2019, starting at 10.30am.

The renowned event takes place over a multi-terrain route, stretching for approximately 14 miles. It starts from Beadnell Harbour and follows the stunning Northumberland coastline down to Alnmouth beach.

For anyone who needs to transfer their race number, this needs to be done by June 23 – one month prior to the event.

Once that date has passed, there is no opportunity to transfer and cancellations will not allow for any refunds.

Please note that due to the terrain, and difficult access to runners once the race is under way, it is vital that nobody runs under another person’s number.

Our priority as a club is to provide a safe and challenging race and to do this we need to be able to identify each runner, which includes medical information.

Please adhere to these rules and any competitor found running under someone else’s number will be barred from any future Alnwick Harriers events with their running clubs being informed of the situation (where applicable).

It sounds rather harsh but we are very keen to keep you safe and stay in line with England Athletics, which is also strongly promoting the allocated number issue this year.

All queries please direct to Laura McLean, Race Director, at

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)

16 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!!!

  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.

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