All set for Castles and Islands challenge

The challenge starts at Alnwick Castle.
The challenge starts at Alnwick Castle.

A 24-hour challenge by land and sea in north Northumberland gets under way tomorrow evening.

At 7pm tomorrow, the 2014 Castles and Islands challenge will set off from Alnwick Castle.

Hosted by Coquet Yacht Club, the event is so named as the route takes in five of the region’s landmark castles.

Featuring teams of four to six, runners start from Alnwick Castle and take a cross-country route, via Warkworth Castle, to Amble where they join their boats.

The yachts then race to Seahouses, Holy Island and Low Newton, via Inner Sound and Staple Sound in the Farnes. At each harbour, the runners disembark to complete runs around Bamburgh, Lindisfarne and Dunstanburgh castles before returning to the finish at Amble.

The idea is for competitors to undertake an optimum of 52 miles of sailing and 26 miles of running in less than 24 hours.

As in previous years, North East-based mobile-technology firm TrackaPhone will be enabling people to track the runners and sailors online as they progress through the challenge.

For more information, visit the Coquet Yacht Club website.