This race is a bit of a beast, sweetened by some of the most beautiful scenery going. Alnwick Harrier’s Northumberland Coastal Run gets filled up within hours of booking opening in January. A few of us at Derwent Valley Running Club were lucky enough to get places for today’s race. The 13ish-mile linear course (dependent on the tide it can be longer) runs from Beadnell to Alnmouth. It links together some of the best beaches in the country, passing through tiny villages and under the shadow of Dunstanburgh Castle, with a mixed terrain of beach (energy sapping!), coastal path and a bit of tarmac. This year, the conditions were pretty good, with hazy sunshine and a cooling seabreeze. A really well-organised event. Its definitely worth the early start to get there – and all the weeks of finding sand in your trainers afterwards.
Derwent Valley Recommends: Keeping an eye out on http://www.alnwickharriers.co.uk/ for details of how to book for 2016.