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Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series – Northumberland

800 participants · Sat 29th May 2021 · Bamburgh
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About this event

The only linear course in the series, running here will nourish your soul like nowhere else on earth. The Northumberland coastline boasts some of the most dramatic coastal scenery in the UK so lace those trail shoes, take a deep breath, and tune into the wind and waves as you escape from modern life

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Love endurance sport, live for adventure? Endurancelife is for anyone who NEVER gives up. We believe that nothing is more motivating and rewarding than committing to tough challenges that take you to places you wouldn't normally expect to reach. If you share our passion for challenge, adventure and the natural world then join our community. We are a fast growing group of active and adventurous individuals who are up for anything, love tough challenges, and care deeply about the natural world. Join us now, and LIVE MORE! Endurancelife provide Unrivalled trail running in some of the most challenging and breathtaking locations in the U.K. Come and join us. #nevergiveup

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What's included:

  • Fully chip timed courses
  • Spot prizes
  • Prizes for top three finishers, men and women, across all distances
  • Prizes for age category winners
  • Massage for finishers
  • Water stations and checkpoints
  • Fully waymarked route
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Ultra
Sat 29th May 2021

Run 35.2mi

Marathon
Sat 29th May 2021

Run 27.2mi

Half Marathon
Sat 29th May 2021

Run 12.9mi

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Steve
Star
5.0
Did the Ultra in 2018
This was a truly amazing course and I ached more after this than any other ultra race to date due to the sand dunes and the overall nature of the course. I've ran a few ultras but the Northumberland course was my first on sand dunes / beeches and consequently offered a brand new exciting experience for me (and the use of my muscles under very different circumstances). It's great course event for training and toughening up different muscles in your legs. Even though after my EnduranceLife Ultra in Anglesey where I felt better prepared simply because Id experienced the way these races are organised, I cannot fault the pre-race information. Detailed documentation is given, the web site counts down to the event with any additional information you might need and you get an update a week before finalising the communication. Altogether you are kept very well informed and able to prepare for all eventualities. This is also continued during the mandatory race brief on the day. You can't fail to go too wrong in your preparations. They are good.… read more
Mark
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Guidance on mandatory kit was a bit sparse - I had to search for something that was a "wind-breaker" jacket as I did not know what would be acceptable. Wasn't checked in the end but I had something at least. Course was great - maybe mention to people that they may have to run through a stream into the sea!!Finishing inside Bamburgh Castle was an epic finish but, it was a shame that spectators were sparse there as they had to pay castle entry. Helpful hints: Don't start too fast!! The beaches are draining so you need to save energy for those sections!… read more
Ian
Star
5.0
Did the Marathon in 2018
The covering instructions gave me all the details I needed… read more
Frequently asked questions
FAQ
Can I bring my dog to the Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series – Northumberland?
Yes, dogs are welcome at the Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series – Northumberland and participants can race with their dog if they wish to do so. Dogs must be kept on a lead.… read more
FAQ
Is there a minimum age for participants in the Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series – Northumberland?
Yes, there are different minimum age requirements for the Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series – Northumberland. 10k participants must be 16 years or older, or 14-15 years of age if accompanied by an adult. Half marathon participants must be 16 years or older. Marathon and ultra distance participants must be 18 years of age on race day.… read more
FAQ
Are there cut-off times for the different events at the Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series – Northumberland?
Yes, there will be cut-offs along the route for marathon and ultra participants. The ultra cut-off time is 14:00 and the marathon cut-off time is 15:15.… read more
Route description
Route description

Routes are fully waymarked, but as a backup please consider uploading .GPX files from the event website onto handheld navigation aids.

All routes at the Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series – Northumberland are linear and finish by the 1600 year old Bamburgh Castle after racing along the beautiful Northumberland coast. The ultra and marathon distances both begin in Alnwick, the half marathon begins in Craster, and the 10k in Benthall.

Steve
Star
5.0
Did the Ultra in 2018
This was a truly amazing course and I ached more after this than any other ultra race to date due to the sand dunes and the overall nature of the course. I've ran a few ultras but the Northumberland course was my first on sand dunes / beeches and consequently offered a brand new exciting experience for me (and the use of my muscles under very different circumstances). It's great course event for training and toughening up different muscles in your legs. Even though after my EnduranceLife Ultra in Anglesey where I felt better prepared simply because Id experienced the way these races are organised, I cannot fault the pre-race information. Detailed documentation is given, the web site counts down to the event with any additional information you might need and you get an update a week before finalising the communication. Altogether you are kept very well informed and able to prepare for all eventualities. This is also continued during the mandatory race brief on the day. You can't fail to go too wrong in your preparations. They are good.
Mark
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Guidance on mandatory kit was a bit sparse - I had to search for something that was a "wind-breaker" jacket as I did not know what would be acceptable. Wasn't checked in the end but I had something at least. Course was great - maybe mention to people that they may have to run through a stream into the sea!!Finishing inside Bamburgh Castle was an epic finish but, it was a shame that spectators were sparse there as they had to pay castle entry. Helpful hints: Don't start too fast!! The beaches are draining so you need to save energy for those sections!
Ian
Star
5.0
Did the Marathon in 2018
The covering instructions gave me all the details I needed
Al
Star
5.0
Did the 10K in 2018
No
Ross
Star
4.7
Did the Ultra in 2018
A general view of the conditions under foot sent the day before would have been useful, as the weather made it uncertain as to what the inland section would be like.
Lee
Star
5.0
Did the Marathon in 2018
Absolutely awesome, second time doing it. Was extremely happy with the marshalls, they were spaced at the right distance. The briefing was to the point and as always the buses were well organised. A few portaloos for spectators at the end would be good though.
Alex
Star
4.7
Did the Ultra in 2018
Awesome. Surprising flat trail most of the way.Ultra loop had quite a lot of road sections which were less fun
Louise
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Bought new jacket and hydration pack as was stated as mandatory but never checked and loads without - didnt feel like needed it. Everything else was brilliant and couldnt be faulted!
David
Star
4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
This is an incredible course, my favourite, with amazing castles, dunes, wide beaches and the constant presence of the sea. This course has every surface imaginable: fields, footpaths, trails, roads, soft sand, firm sand, rocks, seaweed. Good trail shoes are therefore essential. Be prepared to plodge through the freezing cold water of Annstead Burn on the beach before Sea Houses and remember to keep something in the tank for that final climb up the dunes to the finish line at Bamburgh Castle. I didn't give it top marks for atmosphere only because you do not get the enthusiastic crowds of any of the city marathons or halfs, but the spirit among the runners is pretty good. Endurancelife generally attract a young field of runners so if you are a bit more mature you might even win your age category.
Trevor
Star
4.7
Did the Ultra in 2018
Cant think of anything that could be significantly improved. Maybe the event T-shirts could have specific information on them instead of just Endurancelife. Personally, Id like people to know how far Id ran.
Peter
Star
4.0
Did the Ultra in 2018
MY THOUGHTS:The briefing area could be indoors. it was too cold to be hanging around.We had time enough to warm up in the bus, but little time to re stretch and warm up at the start. That said you were bang on Scheduled for the day.The first water stop came too quickly for an ultra at 7 miles. But that's just me!The final miles of the course after the castle could be revised. There was far to much road for a trail ultra.
Jan
Star
5.0
Did the 10K in 2018
save something for the killer hill at the end!
Andy
Star
5.0
Did the Marathon in 2018
Fantastic route.
Chantelle
Star
5.0
Did the Ultra in 2018
the ultra loop is more tarmac than trail.
Lynne
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Toilet provision at the start was insufficient
Elizabeth
Star
4.7
Did the 10K in 2018
I really appreciated being able to take my coat right to the start and thought the event organisation was excellent, encouraging marshals too. I sort of wished we could have had the finish on the beach as I was reduced to walking up those dunes, so my sprint to the line was more of a stagger and meant I just tipped over into 29 minute miles and not 9+ But thats a minor quibble. Id definitely do it again, and have signed up for your North York moors run in September.
Victoria
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Great run. Note no bag drop at the start so have to leave your bag / warm stuff at the castle before boarding the bus.
Howie
Star
4.7
Did the 10K in 2018
Nothing additional
Alex
Star
4.3
Did the Ultra in 2018
Perfect. Couldnt ask for more or anything better. Only gave 3 stars for atmosphere, but in reality what Ultra does have an atmosphere, its just about you, the course (which is stunning) and those running around you.
Mark
Star
4.7
Did the Ultra in 2018
The course is great, very accessible for an ultra, so no changes there. The number of water stations was spot on, as was what was on offer at each.My only kit recommendation is more of I wouldn't recommend salomon speed cross shoes. I have used mine before but on the day they seemed to have shrunk, I miss my old innov8 xtalons TBF. Other than that, suggestions for best avoiding / preventing and manageing cramp on the course would be something else.
Amy
Star
4.7
Did the 10K in 2018
Wish I'd known how little trail there was vs beach. The videos showed loads of cool trails but in reality the 10k was mostly beach. No big deal, still enjoyed it.Ran with my dog, nice to have canicross included at a mainstream event. Loved my weekend, first time visiting the area, would recommend to others and take part again. My one gripe was that I couldn't pick up my medal and t very easily because the dogs aren't allowed inside the castle. I understand that's out with your control but where you put the finish lines and piles of t-shirts.....Leaving my dog for two mins is no issue but when I got there the queue was massive. I'd have been about 15/20 mins. I was conscious my dog would be thirsty and her temp would plummet if I left her that long without a cool down. I had to just ditch my time chip and go take care of my dog. Canicrossers be prepared to have a potential long wait to get back to your dog if you want your medal
Jo
Star
3.3
Did the Marathon in 2018
It said that trail shoes were recommended but Id say more necessary as I nearky wore normal trainers until speaking to someone at the start. Also the paying to get into the end part. It was a beautiful spot but I dont think that was the best end when family and supporters couldnt get access.
John
Star
5.0
Did the Marathon in 2018
I'd run the half last year so was fairly well prepared. I used gaiters this year for the sand, they worked well and had no problems with grit in the shoes.
Kirsty
Star
5.0
Did the 10K in 2018
Love this race amazing scenery!! Did marathon last year and want to do next year too!
Jeannie
Star
5.0
Did the 10K in 2018
Wish I'd known for sure I could take a coat to the start line, was a bit worried as am always freezing before starting to run (sure I'm not the only one..).
Gillian
Star
5.0
Did the Ultra in 2018
Well organised event, loved the route and look forward to trying some other CTS events.
Pete
Star
5.0
Did the 10K in 2018
I had a great race. The sand was good to run on, not as soft as I thought it might be. The course was well marked and easy to follow though having the sea on one side and a castle to mark the finish meant it was always going to be difficult to get lost. Lovely scenery to run through as well.
Suzannah
Star
5.0
Did the 10K in 2018
Fantastic experience. First ever 10km for an older person!!! Gorgeous scenery and very well organised.
Jenny
Star
4.3
Did the 10K in 2018
Look up the tides and wind beforehand Dont wear too much stuff like backpacks for the 10k...
Michael
Star
4.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Registration was a bit stressful. Long queues. So get there early. Having said that its still the best half out there.
Gemma
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Loved everything about this race. Well organised and very dog friendly. Will definitely be signing up for this event next year.
Sally
Star
5.0
Did the 10K in 2018
A lot of hanging about in high winds but worth it
Richard
Star
5.0
Did the Marathon in 2018
This is the third time Ive run this race and it is great - beautiful location and course, well organised and really tough with it being run over road, trail, rocks, sand, through the sea, up hill, through mud, over dunes and finishes with a scrambled zig zag up to the finish line inside Bamburgh Castle.The biggest negative though is the congestion. As the ultra runners start an hour before marathon runners (from the same point) and then half and 10k runners start later and later in the morning from closer and closer to the end, I found that from mile 15 onwards the course was awfully congested, which on a narrow trail reduced me to a walk too many times. Very frustrating.Kit - Ive taken less and less each time Ive run this race. This year only a very light race vest with nothing more than the mandatory kit.Only other tip would be to get to registration in plenty of time - youll need it!
Vanessa
Star
5.0
Did the 10K in 2018
Thoroughly enjoyed it!
Ady
Star
4.3
Did the Marathon in 2018
Is a mix of grass , trails, sand and watery bits!
Colin
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
The course is fantastic, 2 Castle miles of sandy beaches (firm) stunning views, whats not to love about this event, will definitely be doing it again.
Chris
Star
5.0
Did the Marathon in 2018
No - the briefing notes issued by EnduranceLife are fully comprehensive.
Matthew
Star
4.0
Did the Ultra in 2018
Great race. The organisers made it an excellent day all round; from course marking to the logistics of managing 4 different races. The only downside I found was the limited selection of food & drinks available at these points. For the price I would have liked to something more than water, banana and sweets. I understand it was only to supplement my own supply and encouraging marshalls but I expected more of a selection that that.
Michael
Star
4.3
Did the Ultra in 2018
The course was quite open from mile 7 so best to check the weather. I made the mistake of wearing too many layers and started overheating quite quickly. Although cold at the start, it got quite warm when race started. Although there was some areas of mud, I would say the course is more suited to road shoes rather than trail.
Malachi
Star
4.0
Did the Marathon in 2018
Lack of provisions at the aid stations
Adam
Star
4.7
Did the Marathon in 2018
I love this race and cant recommend it enough. One constructive comment is I got held up pretty badly by the latter end of the half marathon starters field, bunched up on the single track paths around and after Dunstanburgh castle, which was a shame. It took a lot of energy to try to get through and I was in 2nd at that point. Would it be possible to stagger better so that the fields mix together on open beach space?
Mayyah
Star
5.0
Did the Ultra in 2018
I loved this race from start to finish. Super friendly staff and runners, and such a well organised course. Ill definitely be doing more endurance life events!
angela
Star
5.0
Did the Ultra in 2018
Loved the course and event. Just a bit disappointed with the medal and t shirt. Not Northumbria or distance specific.
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Logistics and schedule

Packet pickup: Race numbers and timing chips can be collected at registration.

Please arrive at least 45 minutes prior to registration.

Schedule:

06:30-07:00 Ultra registration open

07:00-08:10 Marathon registration open

07:05 Ultra race briefing

07:40 Ultra bus departs

08:15 Marathon race briefing

08:15-09:35 Half marathon registration open

08:20 Ultra race start

08:50 Marathon bus departs

09:30 Marathon race start

09:40 Half marathon race briefing

09:40-10:40 10k registration open

10:15 Half marathon bus departs

10:45 10k race briefing

11:00 Half marathon race start

11:20 10k bus departs

11:50 10k race start

14:15 Presentations and medal ceremony

15:30 Ultra distances presentations and medal ceremony

Toilets: There will be toilets available at the event centre. Toilets will also be available at the 10k start and half marathon start, they will not be available at the ultra or marathon start.

Bag Drop: Bags can be stored on site. Please make sure the bag is a maximum of 30l in size, robust and waterproof, is clearly marked with your name, and contains no valuables.

Spectators

Spectators are greatly encouraged to come along to cheer on their friends and families at this event. There are plenty of great places to watch the race from, and below is a list of postcodes for view points with easily accessible car parking.

  • Alnmouth, NE66 3NJ, marathon & ultra distances
  • Boulmer, NE66 3BP, marathon & ultra distances
  • Craster, NE66 3TW, marathon & ultra distances
  • Low Newton-by-the-Sea, NE66 3EH, half marathon, marathon, & ultra distances
  • Beadnell, NE67 5BN, half marathon, marathon, & ultra distances
  • Seahouses, NE68 7SH, all distances
Volunteers

If you are interested in volunteering for Endurancelife, please fill out the volunteer form here: https://www.endurancelife.com/volunteer/

Volunteers receive a free t-shirt, dinner and drinks with the team, exclusive goodies, and either expenses paid for the full day or free entry to an Endurancelife event for yourself and a friend.

How to get there

Bamburgh Castle, Bamburgh NE69 7DF, UK

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Address: Bamburgh Castle, Bamburgh, Northumberland, NE69 7AX

Parking: Car parking is split across two locations, there will be signs and marshal directions on the day of the event. Parking charges vary from £2.50 - £5.50 for whole day parking. The event organisers strongly suggest ride sharing in order to minimise the environmental impact of the event.

Car: Travelling northbound on the A1 turn off at Adderstone services and follow the B1341, Bamburgh is about 5 miles or you can take the B1342 if travelling southbound. Alternatively the B1340 coastal road that takes you on a more Leisurely route directly into Bamburgh.

Bus: Bamburgh is served by local buses.

From Newcastle Haymarket Bus Station: catch the Arriva X15 and change at Alnwick onto a northbound X18/418 or change at Belford onto southbound X18/418.

Arriving from Berwick and the north: Catch the Arriva X18 from Berwick direct to Bamburgh OR catch the Arriva X15 (for Newcastle) and change at Belford onto the 418

Train: The closest station to Bamburgh is Chathill, which is served by infrequent trains to and from Morpeth. Berwick is served by more regular trains to and from London, Edinburgh, Newcastle, York, and Doncaster.

Frequently asked questions
FAQ
Can I bring my dog to the Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series – Northumberland?
Yes, dogs are welcome at the Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series – Northumberland and participants can race with their dog if they wish to do so. Dogs must be kept on a lead.
FAQ
Is there a minimum age for participants in the Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series – Northumberland?
Yes, there are different minimum age requirements for the Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series – Northumberland. 10k participants must be 16 years or older, or 14-15 years of age if accompanied by an adult. Half marathon participants must be 16 years or older. Marathon and ultra distance participants must be 18 years of age on race day.
FAQ
Are there cut-off times for the different events at the Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series – Northumberland?
Yes, there will be cut-offs along the route for marathon and ultra participants. The ultra cut-off time is 14:00 and the marathon cut-off time is 15:15.
FAQ
Can I wear headphones during the Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series – Northumberland?
Yes, participants are allowed to wear headphones but must remove them when a caution sign is shown or when a marshal is visible. Failure to remove headphones will incur time penalties.
FAQ
Are walking poles permitted at the Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series – Northumberland?
Yes, running/walking poles are permitted at the Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series – Northumberland.
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