Officially recognised in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest half-marathon in the world, the Great North Run attracts both amateur and elite runners. The annual race takes place through the streets of Newcastle. Starting close to the city centre, the course covers landmarks such as the Tyne Bridge in Gateshead. It then finishes 13.1 miles later at South Shields. The road race was established in 1981 and the number of competitors has since risen to over 54,000. See the likes of 3 times winner and Olympic champion Mo Farrah try and break the Course record of 58 minutes and 56 seconds.
The nearest airport to the Great North Run is Newcastle International Airport, only 7 miles away from the city centre. It then takes approximately 25 minutes to reach Newcastle Central Station. Taking part in the Great North Run as a competitor costs £54, you can however watch as a spectator for free. If you are running for an associated charity, entrance fees may be wavered. Start time will be announced closer the date, but expect the starting gun for elite runners to be around 10.30am. If you are travelling to the course be aware many of the main roads will be closed ahead of the race.
Apply as soon as possible if you wish to take part. Check online for further details on the ballot process. Raise money by being sponsored and run for charity. Check the list of registered charities and choose one that means the most to you. On the day arrive early, ensuring you reach the correct assembly point. As well as the elite and amateur runners, there’s also the wheelchair race. If you’re between the age of 9 and 16 then take part in the 4k junior course. If you are planning to join the 1000’s of spectators watching, choose your viewing spot in advance.
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Walk along the quayside, or take a boat ride on the water and under the iconic Tyne bridge. Watch Newcastle United play their home football matches at St James’ Park. Enjoy the nightlife, or take in the many museums. Book a tour of Victoria Tunnel and the city coal mines.
Find out more about the Great North Run, including: taking part, Great North Run membership, entry criteria, elite athletes, the course and location, running for charity, junior and mini fun runs, photos and results, news and more check the official website.
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