THE dramatic Durham coastline will once again form the setting for a half-marathon which returns for its second year.
Durham Heritage Coast is limbering up to host its second half-marathon along its outstanding cliff-tops.
The run, from Nose’s Point at Seaham to Crimdon Dene, returns on Sunday, June 15, and the number of runners is increasing from 250 to 300.
The event is organised by the National Trust in conjunction with the Durham Heritage Coast Partnership, Durham County Council, Durham Wildlife Trust and Natural England. Wayne Appleton, a National Trust ranger who lives in Shotton Colliery, is helping to organise the run.
He said: “It’s going to be roughly the same up and down the banks.
“It’s going to be quite a tough half-marathon.
“Last year was brilliant – we got some positive feedback, it was unbelievable.
“I think it’s actually going to sell out within a couple of days of the entries going live, possibly the first week in March.”
New to this year will be the Durham Heritage Coast Partnership hosting a show at the end of the course that celebrates the coast, featuring various stalls.
The route takes in Nose’s Point, Hawthorn Dene, Foxholes Dene, Warren House Dene, Castle Eden Denemouth and Crimdon.
The organisers have promised to iron out teething problems from last year, which saw the first three runners home going off course.
They missed a circuit of Hawthorne Dene after a marshalling problem and confusion with route signs use in the race.
Wayne said: “Hopefully that shouldn’t happen this year.”
But the rest of the runners, which included athletes from as far as Birmingham, Wales and Bodmin Moor, in Cornwall, gave the race a positive feedback.
One competitor even dubbed the race like a gruelling Iron Man contest.