Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series - Northumberland
The only linear 10k, half, marathon or ultra courses 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!
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This was my first trail run. I'd bought the shoes, practised on Southport beach where I thought the conditions and terrain would be pretty similar and booked the B&B. I was looking forward to it. Then came Storm Ciara, Storm Dennis and forecasts for more of the same. The organisers sent out an email on the Monday saying the event would go ahead but to keep checking the website. I am sure I wasn't the only entrant lying awake the night before listening to the wind and rain and hoping it would be cancelled!
Anyway, we were lucky to see more sunshine than rain and although the wind was brutal, I'm really glad I did it.
The organisation was professional, the crew friendly and informed and everything went well on the 10k.
Advice for newbies: get the trail shoes. Wear a long-sleeved base layer, ear covering and gloves and take a lightweight windproof jacket you can tie round your waist. Take a car. There are buses to the start, but this means you are hanging about getting cold. Your own car means you have plenty of time to get to the start after registration and somewhere warm to wait. Also somewhere warm to change into dry clothes at the end.
Request to the organisers: Would it be possible to collect our race number the day before? Or collect and register at any time during the morning of the race regardless of which one we have entered? It was cold standing about waiting, knowing I could still be in my B&B room!
Thanks for a day to remember!