Northumberland Coastal Run

The transfer window for the Northumberland Coastal Run on Sunday 29th July has now closed, so there are no more entries or transfers permitted. Numbers are being printed and will be sent out to all competitors soon. Please keep an eye out on the Northumberland Coastal Run Facebook wall as well as our Twitter feed for more race info in the next few weeks.

Race day competitor info is here:

Alnwick Harriers Northumberland Coastal Run Race Leaflet 2018

As per the instructions all seats on the buses from Alnmouth to Beadnell had to be purchased when entering the race. Please do not ask if there are any spare seats as the answer is no! You’ll have to make your own arrangements to get to the start.

This year numbers and chips will be sent out rather than the collect on the day method used in recent years. This means that you must have your Resultsbase profile up to date! In the past when we’ve done this runners have been upset that they’ve not received their race packs and therefore have been unable to race, only to find out that they were sent to former addresses on their Resultsbase profile.

Here are images of the suggested route:

Northumberland Coastal Run 1 Start to Mile 2

Northumberland Coastal Run 2 Mile 2 to 4

Northumberland Coastal Run 3 Mile 4 to 6

Northumberland Coastal Run 4 Mile 6 to 8

Northumberland Coastal Run 5 Mile 8 to 10

Northumberland Coastal Run 6 Mile 10 to 12

Northumberland Coastal Run 7 Mile 12 to Finish

Enjoy your training and we’ll see you soon!!

Here are the results from the 2017 Northumberland Coastal Run!!!

Many thanks to everyone for making the 2017 Northumberland Coastal Run another huge success. Huge thanks must go to the 2 main race organisers Tracey SAMPLE and Jocelyn BOLAM, and to the huge army of Harriers, friends and family who helped over the course of the weekend and in the build up to the race. The committee would also like to thank several organisations who made the race possible including Rothbury Motors, Alnmouth FC, The National Trust, Motorcare Ford Alnwick, Rapid Reaction, the Beadnell Boatclub, Alnmouth Links Golf Club and Hipsburn First School. Finally well done to the runners who braved the rain and, at times, muddy and slippy course. Hope to see you again next year!!

Many congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Northumberland Coastal Run who were Ian HARDING and Jane HODGSON both of Morpeth Harriers! The pair both won it for the 3rd time, having both been victorious in 2011 and 2012.


In the mens race Ian was ahead pretty much throughout and flew home in a brilliant 1.12.58, the quickest time since 2008. Tyne Bridge Harrier Tom CHARLTON was next and Michael JOYEUX of Darlington based club Quakers Running Club was 3rd. Age category winners were Stockport Harrier Malcolm JOHNSON (40), Michael PARKINSON of North Shields Poly (45), Sammy RASHID of Liverpool Pembroke and Sefton (50), Ian NORMAN (55) and John JAMES (60) both of Heaton Harriers, Stuart BERYL of Blaydon Harriers (65) and unattached runner Allan DALEY (70). Meanwhile in the ladies race Jane clocked a brilliant 1.25.59 to finish just over a minute ahead of fellow Morpeth Harrier Emma HOLT, whilst last years victorious Alnwick Harrier Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS was 3rd home. In the age categories there were victories for Katherine HACKETT of Quakers Running Club (35), Tamsin IMBER of Elvet Striders (40),  Kathryn STEVENSON of Tyne Bridge Harriers (45), unattached runner Maggie PAVLOU (50), Caroline CLARKE of Pudsey Pacers (55), Maggie LORAINE of Gateshead Harriers (60) and Yvonne SKELTON of Harrogate Harriers (65). The winning teams were the men of Tyne Bridge Harriers and the ladies of North Shields Poly.

20170723_085026The 1st Alnwick Harrier to finish, for the 2nd consecutive year, was Dan TURNBULL. Dan knocked just over 4 minutes off his time from 2016 and was 18th finisher. Richard JOHNSON was next home followed by Adam FLETCHER. Allan FOGGON was our 4th male, followed by Jason DAWSON. For the ladies Jo was our 4th athlete home just over a minute behind Adam in 1.30.38, whilst Karen KELLY was our 2nd lady and Lisa BASTON, who knocked 6 minutes off last years time, was our 3rd lady across the line. Further back there were some excellent performance by other Harriers and lots of course pbs!


Harriers results:

18-Dan TURNBULL 1.22.04

32-Richard JOHNSON 1.26.40

44-Adam FLETCHER 1.29.08


68-Allan FOGGON 1.32.45

91-Jason DAWSON 1.35.41

142-Tim FALCONER 1.39.25

181-John CUTHBERT 1.41.51

184-Stephen COWELL 1.41.53

191-Ian HORSLEY 1.42.23

270-Karen KELLY 1.47.33

288-Stuart MORRIS 1.48.45

300-Lisa BASTON 1.49.37

302-Neil HAMILTON 1.49.40

348-Steve STUDLEY 1.51.50

371-Mel STEER 1.53.08

409-Paul ROBINSON 1.55.21

650-Tania CONWAY 2.09.27

651-Laura McLEAN Jr 2.09.32

660-Helen DICKINSON 2.10.18

733-John ROBSON 2.15.36

746-Mary PLUMLEY 2.16.25

761-Gay EASTOE 2.17.51

762-Richard EASTOE 2.17.51

835-John ROSS 2.24.01

949-Melanie SMITH 2.42.41


See you in 2018!!

Photos are of race winner Ian HARDING and the 1st male Alnwick Harrier Dan TURNBULL.


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.

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)

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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