Northumberland Coastal Run

Entries for our superb and very reasonably priced Northumberland Coastal Run, sponsored by Eclipse Translations, have now closed. All 1260 places for the 2016 race were taken in about 18 hours. For the final list of the successful runners click here:

2016 Northumberland Coastal Run-Final Entry List

This years event starts at 10.30am on Sunday 24th July. Please click on this link to find all the race day information:

Northumberland Coastal Run Race Day Information.


Well done to the 997 runners who finished the 2015 Northumberland Coastal Run on Sunday 19th July, a big increase on the number of finishers compared to recent years! Also well done to the superb marshals for turning out on the day to help, as well as helping out at registration on Saturday. We have received some brilliant comments about both the marshals and the all round organisation of the event, one which gets more and more popular each year. Particular thanks go to committee members Sue BOLAM, Tracey SAMPLE and the man in charge on the day Jim LILLICO. Finally thanks to the companies and organisations who have helped us out this year including Alnmouth Golf Club, Alnmouth Football Club, Motorcare of Alnwick, Hipsburn First School, Rothbury Motors, ResultsBase, the National Trust, Beadnell Boat Club and our main sponsor Eclipse Translations!

Full results of the 2015 Northumberland Coastal Run can be found here

11717326_10101222961484418_626715965238254817_oMany congratulations to the winners of the race Carl AVERY and Emma HOLT, both of Morpeth Harriers! For Carl this was a great moment as he was demoted from first place last year due to a mix-up with his entry. This year however Carl finished well clear of his nearest rival posting a brilliant 1.15.42, the fastest time at the race since 2009.

11059964_10205826131705430_5891662713094588905_nIn the mens race 2nd place went to last years victor Kevin JEFFRESS of Sunderland Harriers, whilst Tyne Bridge Harrier Tom CHARLTON was 3rd. In a high class field previous winners Ian HARDING and Darren PURVIS were in the top 10. Age category winners were Alnwick Harrier Clive KENNEDY-BURN (40), Jason OLD of Elswick Harriers (45), Richard PATTINSON of Horsforth Harriers (50), Steve RABY also of Horsforth (55), David NIGHTINGALE of Gala Harriers (60), Harry MATTHEWS of Heaton Harriers (65) and Derek POOLE of Holme Pierrepoint (70). The Morpeth trio of Carl, Ian HARDING and Paul WATERSTON also won the team prize!


In the womens race Emma HOLT was almost 2 minutes clear of her nearest rival, previous winner Amy GREEN of Keighley and Craven AC, whilst 3rd place went to South Shields Harrier Georgia CAMPBELL. Age category prizes went to Elvet Strider Elaine BISSON (35), Louise ROGERS of Tyne Bridge Harriers (40), Andrea BANNER of Elswick Harriers (45), Christine HEATON of Holme Pierrepoint (50), Maggie LORAINE of Gateshead Harriers (55), Mary REES of Wallsend Harriers (60), Susan BAYLIS of Ponteland Runners (65) and Sandra POOLE also of Holme Pierrepoint (70)! Once again Morpeth took home the team prize thanks to Emma, Joanne CARRUTHERS and Jane BRIGGS.


Well done to the Alnwick Harriers who were 1st to complete the 14 mile multi terrain route from Beadnell to Alnmouth, thus winning the 1st male and female trophies, south coast based Harrier Clive KENNEDY-BURN and Karen KELLY!


Harriers Results:

16-Clive KENNEDY-BURN 1.24.53

44-Geoff CAMPBELL 1.30.28

60-Ross ANDERSON 1.32.34

68-Adam FLETCHER 1.33.26

74-Jordan ROGERSON 1.33.53

180-Gary COWELL 1.43.05

190-Dave HINDMARSH 1.43.43

227-Mark DOUGLAS 1.45.53

259-Karen KELLY 1.47.13

323-Lesley MILLER 1.50.12

341-Dave BARTRUM 1.51.21

346-Pauline AITCHISON 1.51.34

385-Rob ENSER 1.53.13

403-Lisa BASTON 1.54.10

442-Andy STEPHENSON 1.55.40

445-Maureen BARTRUM 1.55.46

536-Justine NORMAN 2.00.12

653-Peter LINDLEY 2.06.51

691-Gay EASTOE 2.09.04

692-Richard EASTOE 2.09.04

738-Shelley COATES 2.11.44

744-Claire MILLER-GROSSETT 2.12.27

745-Ruth DOCTOR 2.12.27

752-John ROSS 2.12.43

791-Mel WHEWELL 2.15.10

801-Morag DONOGHUE 2.16.11

805-Carol DAVISON 2.16.29

820-Phil LEE 2.17.23

967-Ron McCORMACK 2.45.32

991-Kirsty STEED 3.06.55


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)

15 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. Tanya Dixon says:

    Another amazing race, I fell badly yesterday and not one person past me by everyone stopped to help. I knew there were plenty marshals so told everyone to continue but want to thank all that helped me get up, clean my knee and inform the medics who were running to meet me. Very sore and battered and bruised today but will defo be back next year as it’s such an amazing race

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