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17 July 2012

Upcoming races

Filed under: run — The Scribbler @ 12:21
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We’re very fortunate that there’s a good tradition of running in the North East of England and an excellent choice of races throughout the summer, from small club championships to mass participation events. And if you wanted to, you could find a local race every weekend and many week nights as well.

There are two popular races in the region this weekend, the Great North 10k in Gateshead and the Northumberland Coastal Run.

I haven’t actually run the Great North 10k, but it’s one of the Great Run events, organised by the same people that put on the Great North, Great South, Manchester and Edinburgh runs and I have friends doing it. I know it takes in some of the Gateshead Quayside, including a steep hill towards the finish.

The Northumberland Coastal Run is also a popular race along the beautiful coastline from Beadnell to Alnmouth. It’s a point to point, and the precise distance depends on the route you take and the state of the tides, but it’s around half marathon distance or more.

I ran this last year and it really is a wonderful, scenic and challenging route along some of the most beautiful and unspoilt coastline in the country. With water stops and local support in the little villages you pass through, it’s a long way from the mass event on the quayside, but one well worth doing. Here’s my blog from last year’s Northumberland Coastal Run.

I won’t be there this year, but will be eagerly waiting to hear reports from friends running it. My next race isn’t until September, although I’m toying with the idea of doing a 10k in August, but really I’m now just trying to get some decent running distance in to prepare for my half marathon on September 16.


1 Comment »

  1. I’m in the Great North 10k tomorrow! Very excited!


    Comment by hemingwayrun — 21 July 2012 @ 13:53 | Reply

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