New ultra-marathon launched in the North East – HEINEKEN Race to the Castle

Award winning events company Threshold Sports has announced the launch of HEINEKEN Race to the Castle, the latest addition to its endurance sports event portfolio.

Taking place on June 6-7, 2020, the 100km ultra marathon will pass by and promote many of the local historical landmarks, which includes the finish at Bamburgh Castle, a royal fortress which has stood guard over Northumberland for over 1,400 years.

The breath-taking route will take a mixture of runners, joggers and walkers across some of the most varied and beautiful terrain the UK has to offer. Participants will start in Kirkharle and make their way through the world-renowned Northumberland National Park where they will have to overcome a variety of terrains including hilly woodland and stunning moorlands. Winding along the River Coquet, the route then changes to one of the most awe-inspiring but challenging coastlines of the North East. Here participants are faced with sandy trails all the way to the finish at the spectacular Bamburgh Castle.

Tickets are on sale now:
A variety of packages are available for those who wish to take it on in one go and for those who would prefer to tackle the route over two days
Participants can camp at the half way Basecamp located in Acklington. This offers delicious food and drink, bars, massages, tents and hot showers!
Prices start from £64

More information is available, and tickets can be purchased at

The launch of HEINEKEN Race to the Castle will mark Threshold Sports first venture into the North East and will become the fourth ultra-marathon in their award-winning Trail Series, which already includes Race to the Tower, Race to the King and Dixons Carphone Race to the Stones. Each event presents a unique challenge and gives participants the opportunity to explore and discover some of Britain’s most beautiful countryside.

Nick Tuppen, Threshold Sports CEO, said: “We’re incredibly excited to bring our latest major event to the North East. This region has some of the most breath-taking scenery in Great Britain and we can’t wait to open its door to our community of runners and walkers. They have already voiced how excited they are too.

“We are always looking to offer our participants something truly unique and provide the highest level of support so they can go further than they ever thought possible. HEINEKEN Race to the Castle will bring around 2,000 people from all over the country and further a field into the region to appreciate its beauty and invest in local businesses. We’re sure next year will be the first of many.”

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