Northumberland Coastal Run

Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 06:07PM

On Sunday July 21st, Josh Crawley travelled to Beadnell to take on the 2019 Northumberland Coastal Run - an unmeasured “half marathon” from Beadnell to Alnmouth.
This year celebrated 40 years of the race, the first being held in 1979, when there were only 12 competitors. This year almost 1,000 runners completed the race which sold out very soon after it went on sale.
In 1979 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). 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 which most competitors choose to run is approximately 14 miles long (depending on whether the tide is in or out).
The tough terrain of the sand and the cliffs, coupled with the strong headwind were soon forgotten with the help of the fabulous views the Northumberland coast has to offer. Although course support was in short bursts and headphones not permitted, neither of these took any sparkle from the race which should be one circled in the calendar for next year.
The Tyne Bridge Harrier winner crossed the line in 01:16:58 with the final competitor in 03:59:55. Although a 3:15 cut off is in place, the organisers allow runners to start 1 hour early if they think they’ll be close to the cut off. Josh completed the race in 01:56:27, finishing 315 out of 994 runners and one of the best finisher t-shirts to commemorate the race.