With large areas of open access land and a huge network of footpaths the North Pennines is great for fell and trail runners who wish to explore somewhere new.
For the competitively minded, the North East Marathon Club runs an annual marathon through the fantastic surroundings of Hamsterley Forest. Shorter but no less challenging races take place from the Eden Valley like the Inov-8 High Cup Nick Fell Race. Teesdale Athletics Club hosts a 10K and 5K fun run on the beautiful grounds of Raby Castle. A 268 mile ultra-marathon called the Spine Race also traverses the North Pennines on the Pennine Way National Trail. The lattice like network of public rights of way and the large area of open access land in the AONB also offer unlimited potential for you to create your own routes.