Running across the county for wildlife

Holystone Burn
Holystone Burn

There’s still time to get in training for the second St Oswald Ultra Run Series and raise funds for wildlife while doing so.

This year, Northumberland Wildlife Trust is the official charity of the Run Series, which takes place towards the end of September, with runners already registered to make the 100-mile journey across the county.

Runners don’t run along the roads, but rather through the region’s wild places, making the wildlife charity an ideal beneficiary of money raised.

With a dawn start on Holy Island on Saturday, September 26, the challenging route passes through places associated with St Oswald, the King of Northumbria in the early 7th century, down the coast, following the line of the Great Whin Sill, before heading inland across to finish in Chollerford on Sunday. Visit
There is also a choice of a 50km race which finishes at Craster, home to Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Arnold Memorial reserve, and a 100km race which finishes at Rothbury, a stone’s throw from the Trust’s Holystone and Barrow Burn Wood reserves.

Everybody entering the race is asked to make a donation to the Trust when they register for a place and race organisers are actively encouraging all participants, their friends and family to fund-raise and donate to help support the wildlife charity’s work around the region.

Phil Smith, St Oswald Ultra Run Series organiser, said: “We are working to support Northumberland Wildlife Trust, which shares our values of protecting and enjoying our wide-open natural spaces.”