Last call to enter the Durham Coast Half Marathon

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Runners have a final chance to enter one of the region's most scenic races.

There are just two weeks left until booking closes for the National Trust Durham Coast Half Marathon.

Picture by North East Wildlife Photography

Picture by North East Wildlife Photography

The the challenging 13.1-mile route follows the dramatic and historic Durham Heritage Coast from Nose’s Point, Seaham, along clifftops, through Hawthorn Dene and finishing at Crimdon Dene. Minibus transfer from the finish back to Nose’s Point is available.

Event organiser, National Trust ranger Wayne Appleton said: "We’ve seen the race grow a lot since 2013, people really seem to love it.

"Even those who swear ‘never again’ at the finish line often come back to take on those steps again. People who have friends or family taking part, or just want to show support, are more than welcome to come along. The more people cheering runners on, the better. It’s a great atmosphere."

The race takes in a variety of terrain, with the toughest section including a flight of steep steps enough to challenge even the hardiest runner.

Marshals and water stations will be at regular intervals will help keep runners on track and well hydrated.

The run takes place at 11am on June 11, but booking closes on June 9 and places are strictly limited.

Entry is via www.sientries.co.uk and costs £28 per person,

The race is organised by the National Trust to raise much-needed funds and help showcasing the beautiful stretch of coastline. All profits go directly to the conservation charity to fund work caring for the local coast and countryside.

All runners will receive a t-shirt and medal, as well as a free drink and cake at the finish. Prizes for the first three men and ladies, plus age category winners, will be presented at approximately 2pm near the refreshment tent.

Anyone who would like to support this event as a volunteer marshal or handing out refreshments or t-shirts should contact Wayne via email wayne.appleton@nationaltrust.org.uk or by phone on 07825 948750.