Great North Run
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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.
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Newcastle City centre
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
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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Take this a fun run
If you think you are going to finish on your predicted time its one BIG NO! I'd advise you to get to the very front of your pen if you want anything near your training time.
It took 40 minutes to get to the start line.
At mile six I thought to myself that I was going to give up trying to get to speed, there were people clearly in the wrong pens who were walking a mile two! I found myself jumping up and down the high kerbs to get past slower runners.
The last maybe two miles are down hill, from a reasonably flatish route.
We must have walked a good mile at the end back to the car. I found a local sports centre for a shower.
I passed FOUR people having their hearts pumped.