Entries open for National Trust Durham Coast Half Marathon

Runner Kathe Rowe takes part in the Durham Coast Half Marathon. Picture by North East Wildlife Photography.
Runner Kathe Rowe takes part in the Durham Coast Half Marathon. Picture by North East Wildlife Photography.

The waiting is over for keen runners under starter’s orders to book their place on the 2016 National Trust Durham Coast Half Marathon.

Approximately 300 contenders will take part in this year’s race on Sunday 4 June. The challenging 13.1 mile route along the Durham Heritage Coast from Seaham to Crimdon Dene has become notorious for its inclusion of several steep flights of steps, a test for even the toughest athletes.

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Now in its fourth year, the event has become a regular fixture in the calendar of many participants.

National Trust Ranger and organiser of the event 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.

"It’s great to see familiar faces returning, especially knowing some of them had never been to the Durham Coast before their first race. We always get great feedback and people are sometimes surprised to discover what a stunning coastline we have here. A lot say they will bring their families back to visit another time. We’re proud to help put the area on the map.

"It takes a large team working together to make this event happen. Anyone who isn’t a runner but would like to get involved can sign up to be a volunteer marshal. It’s fun, a good way to meet new people and you don’t need any experience. We’re even offering free entry this year or next to any runner who signs up a friend or family member as a marshal. To find out more, please drop me an email at durhamcoasthalfmarathon@nationaltrust.org.uk"

Entry is via www.raceentry.co.uk and costs £20 - £22 per person.

Minibus transfer from the finish back to Nose’s Point at Seaham is available and must be booked in conjunction with race entry. The race is organised by the National Trust to raise much needed funds as well as bringing visitors to the coast. All profits go directly to the conservation charity to fund work caring for the local coast and countryside.