Last chance to practice for Bay run

The Druridge Bay Parkrun, which starts on Saturday, August 9, is holding a practice event this Saturday at Druridge Bay Country Park.

Event director Mark Doctor said: “This is the final practice before the event starts for real in early August. It is an opportunity for us to test out our timing equipment and to put the volunteers through their paces.

“To make it a success though, we need as many people to turn up for the 5k run as possible. It doesn’t matter how slow or how fast you are, the more the merrier.”

The practice run starts at 9am from the Druridge Bay Visitor Centre. There’s no minimum age, no cut-off time for slower runners and the run is completely free.

Those taking part must, however, sign up at and print off their personal barcode, which will be scanned as soon as they cross the line at the end of the 5k run.

More information on the event can be found on Facebook and Twitter (@druridge parkrun), as well as on the parkrun website.

Meanwhile, Alnwick Harriers are hosting their very popular Northumberland Coastal Run on Sunday.

The annual 14-mile race from Beadnell to Alnmouth, starts at 1.30pm due to tide times.

The 1,170 places for the event, again sponsored by Eclipse Translations, were snapped up by eager runners within a day, a record for this race.

Participants can either collect their race numbers and timing chips from Willowburn Leisure Centre, Alnwick, from 12.30pm to 2pm on Saturdayor on race day from Beadnell Boat Club from 11am.

Participants are reminded to use the car park at Alnmouth Football Club, and not to park in Alnmouth village. A small charge will be made by the football club to park. Buses for participants who have already paid for a seat leave from Hipsburn First School from 10.30am, with the last bus leaving at 12.15pm.

Post-race refreshments and presentations will be at the Red Lion in Alnmouth.