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Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series – Northumberland

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The only linear course in the CTS 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 and is best known for its sweeping sandy beaches, rolling dunes, high rocky cliffs, and isolated islands. This striking landscape is steeped in history and there are few sights on earth that compare with Bamburgh Castle and its expansive and exposed bayside setting.

A host of conservation sites, including two National Nature Reserves, testify to the great variety of wildlife and habitats found in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Once here, you will feel as far removed from the pressures of modern life as it is possible to be, so lace those trail shoes tight, take a deep breath and tune into the wind and waves as you let the stunning widescreen panorama unfold!

Review summary

4.7
43 Reviews
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  • Atmosphere

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Steve M
"This was a truly amazing course and I ached more after this than any other..."

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Mark J
"Guidance on mandatory kit was a bit sparse - I had to search for something that..."

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Ian C
"The covering instructions gave me all the details I..."
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How to enter the Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series – Northumberland

  1. Ultra

    Run 35.2mi
    £66
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  2. Marathon

    Run 27.2mi
    £55
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  3. Half Marathon

    Run 12.9mi
    £44
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  4. 10K

    Run 6.5mi
    £33
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Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series – Northumberland routes

Raceday Logistics

Ultra Marathon Half Marathon 10K
Parking 0600-0630 0645-0740 0745-0905 0910-1010
Registration 0630-0700 0700-0810 0815-0935 0940-1040
Briefing 0705 0815 0940 1045
Bus Departs 0740 0850 1015 1120
Start (approx.) 0820 0930 1100 1150

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Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series – Northumberland weather forecast

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Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series – Northumberland reviews (43)

4.7 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Did the Marathon in 2018

    The covering instructions gave me all the details I needed
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
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