Simplyhealth Great North Run

Newcastle upon Tyne

Organiser's Description

The World's biggest and most iconic half marathon. Be part of this amazing day and run alongside top athletes and celebrity runners. This spectator-lined course covers 13.1 miles from Newcastle's City centre, across the iconic Tyne Bridge and onto a picturesque coastal finish in South Shields.

From the very beginning this event has been a celebration of what makes the North East great: thousands of supporters lining the course, hundreds of volunteers helping you along the way, and runners like you, who embody dedication and determination whatever their reason for running. So come and join us on this 13.1 mile journey, all live on the BBC! A great weekend of sport, which includes the Great North 5k and 4k and 1k Junior and Mini Great North Runs. (Start times tbc)


13.1 miles

Newcastle City centre

10.10: Wheelchair race starts

10.15: Elite women start

10.40: Elite men and the masses start

Exclusive medal and t-shirt

Goodie-filled finisher’s pack

Timing chip for accurate results

Free training and advice

Security of closed roads

Be part of the World's most iconic half marathon

Baggage buses to the finish

Red Arrows display

The route takes runners through the City centre towards the River Tyne and across the iconic Tyne Bridge.

From there they will travel through Gateshead, entertained by our Bands on the Run, then on to South Shields where, at the top of Prince Edward Road, the view of the sea is one of the most welcoming sights along the whole course.

From that point there is just over a mile to go and the crowds get louder as runners make their way down the final straight towards the finish line.

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An amazing day

An absolute blast from start to finish great race great atmosphere

Barry McMurdo / Sep 09, 2019

Marred by public transport delays and mess

First up, I stayed central to the race and set off at 9:30, and didn’t get back until about 5pm. That’s just too long on my feet! Following the directions given, even though I was starting at the back, I had to get to my pace from the front. At 10:30 I gave up and jumped a barrier into the start, then faster an hour of walking I had a 45 minute wait in the sun to even start, by which time my back was spasming. I ran really strongly and was very tired at the end, after which I faced 30 minutes walk to the ferry and 90 minutes in a queue with no shelter or loos. By this time I could barely stand and had to sit. After crossing the Tyne we finally grabbed a cab back into town! I also take issue with the terrible use of plastic, single use bottles were strewn everywhere, all over the road. The Clif desk also created terrible mess, plastic and bloks were littered all over the road, and with the discarded water, it formed a sticky mass on my shoes. Gross, and probably hard to clean up. People didn’t even try not to litter and also didn’t pull to the side to walk, so I bumped into their backs. I also counted four ambulances blue-lighting people off the roads which added to the really chaotic feel. Running over tha Tyne bridge WAS amazing and the locals are fantastic supporters, it is a great race. But the public transport queues absolutely take the pee and the littering looked awful. Probably a great race if you're willing and able to stay on your feet for a minimum of 7 hours or so, and are fairly aroused by queueing. I have some great memories but will not be entering again, it’s just too messy, wasteful, chaotic and stressful with all that queuing. Great medal and t shirt, above average goody bag too.

Kate Large / Sep 09, 2019

My favourite run

This is simply the best run I have completed. The local families come out in huge numbers to encourage the runners, offer sweets and fruit along the way, I always feel so welcome.
Top athletes take part too, Mo Farah has run the last 2 times i've been.
Stop thinking about it and book it!

Adam Vass / Jul 04, 2019

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