Seaham to host half marathon

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THE National Trust will host the first ever Durham Coast half marathon this summer.

The 13.1 multi-terrain event will take place along the coastline from Seaham to Crimdon Dene on Sunday, June 9 at 10.00am.

Organisers are taking advantage of the county’s regenerated coastline and have opened the event to a maximum of 250 entries for the inaugural race.

Co-organiser Wayne Appleton said: “The Trust owns some very beautiful coastlines that are ideal for holding events like this, so we decided to run our own half marathon. We are constantly trying to attract people here and in doing the half marathon I hope this helps show people how good it looks now.”

Depending on the success of the race, Appleton said he hopes to stage the event annually, while upping the distance to a marathon is also under consideration.

The race begins at Noses Point in Seaham, and follows the coastline south for almost the entire 13.1 miles. Entries are £14, (£16 for unaffiliated members).

To register, visit Durham Coast half marathon

If you have any questions, contact Wayne Appleton on 07561113396 or email wayne.appleton@nationaltrust.org.uk.

H Sunderland Stroller Alyson Dixon finished eighth overall in 57.11 and first woman in the Thirsk ten-mile road race on Sunday. The Strollers also won the four-to-count team race.

Backing Dixon were Alyson West (70.58), Vicki Booth (75.05) and Lyne Valentine (76.50). Durham City Harrier James Askew won in 54.18.

Dixon faces a busy Easter as she will be racing on Good Friday in the Elswick Harriers’ Good Friday Road Relays.

There she will be joined for the three-stage race by Ashleigh Thorpe and Rachel Ball.

Then on Sunday, as part of her training for next month’s Brighton Marathon, she intends to run the 14 miles from her home in Silksworth to the start of the North Tyneside 10k (10am) at North Shields.

She will line-up as one of the favourites for the race to Whitley Bay and the £100 first prize.

The race starts at The Parks Sports Centre and then visits the North Shields fish quay, Tynemouth promenade, Tynemouth priory and castle and St Mary’s Lighthouse. No entries on the day.

H Sunderland Harriers senior men’s A team for the Elswick relay will be selected from Craig Isherwood, Michael Barker, Nathan Reed, Ian Dixon Stephen Graham and Mark Hood.

Veterans captain Rob Rush hopes to call upon Brian Rushworth, Tim Field, Jon Dobson, Stephen Gordon and Paul Redman to select his A team from.

The Elswick meeting starts at 10.30am from Newburn Riverside Park, Lemington.

The Senior and Vets Women’s Relay is at 11.10 and the senior and veterans men’s relay is off at noon.

Directions to the course: Follow the A1 past the Metrocentre. Follow the signpost for Consett A694, Newcastle, Blaydon (A695).

At the next roundabout bear left (signposted Newcastle, Blaydon (A695). At the next roundabout go straight on (signposted ‘Blaydon, Newcastle).

Keep in the left lane for the Scotswood Bridge, Newcastle A695.

Go over the bridge and bear left sign posted Morpeth A1. At roundabout bear left signposted Newburn Riverside A6085).

The road goes past B&Q on your right. Newburn Riverside is on your left.