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Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series – Northumberland

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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

Review summary

43 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
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Steve M
"This was a truly amazing course and I ached more after this than any other..."


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


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

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.

Event Details

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
Raceday Logistics

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

Please arrive at least 45 minutes prior to registration.


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.

Kit List

For all participants:

  • Reusable water bottle that has enough water to last a minimum of 12 miles
  • Warm clothing
  • Waterproofs
  • Food and electrolyte products
  • Trail shoes or ultra shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream

For half marathon participants and up:

  • Mobile phone with event safety mobile number stored

For marathon participants and up:

  • Base layer
  • Headwear (buff/cap/hat)
  • £20 cash
  • Whistle
  • Foil blanket
  • Basic first aid kit

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

If you are interested in volunteering for Endurancelife, please fill out the volunteer form here:

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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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