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The SimplyHealth Great North Run

Run 13.1mi

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Stunning scenery

Friendly atmosphere

Incredible crowds

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Places are hard to come by for this hugely popular half marathon. With around 50,000 participants, there'll be no shortage of supporters to cheer you on to the finish by the scenic South Shields coastline. Come for an extremely well-organised event and the exclusive finisher's medal and t-shirt.

Review summary

4.9
50 Reviews
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Helen P
"Amazing run so well organised with crowd support the whole way. I loved every..."

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Sharon B
"4th time running GNR and this year ran for Royal Manchester Children’s..."

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Keith T
"An Amazing event if somewhat overwhelming! According to the Results I came in..."
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How to enter the The SimplyHealth Great North Run

  1. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
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The SimplyHealth Great North Run route

Starting in Newcastle upon Tyne the 13.1 mile route takes runners through the city centre towards the River Tyne where thousands of people will cross over the iconic Tyne Bridge, where if you’re lucky, you might get a glimpse of the Red Arrows passing overhead.

From there runners will travel through Gateshead while being entertained by our Bands on the Run. The route, lined by thousands of supporters, leads runners 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.

Please note: the course may be subject to change.

Event Details

What’s Included

What You Get:

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

Raceday Logistics

Top tips for event day success:

Last minute preparation

Get your kit ready the day before to avoid rushing around on the morning of the event and pack clothes appropriate for the potential weather conditions. Run in comfortable kit that you have worn during training. This includes everything from your running shoes and socks to your underwear and top. New kit may cause chafing, blisters or general discomfort.

Don't run on empty

No matter how nervous you feel before an event, don't run on empty. Toast and jam, cereal with milk or even a banana smoothie will fuel your efforts. Eat at least two hours before your event, to allow time for digestion.

Don't overdress

While you don't want to get cold and wet on the start line, avoid the temptation to overdress. Wear a bin liner over your running garb to keep rain off or a top layer that you can peel off and throw away once you warm up (perhaps buy some old gear from a charity shop).

Be lav savvy

Toilet queues are an occupational hazard for runners, so allow plenty of time for your pre-run visit to the loo. But once you've been, try to resist the urge to go again - it's most likely nerves (especially if you don't customarily need to go three times an hour!) The chances are you'll forget all about the urge once you've started running.

Organise your fans!

Try to have as many friends and family out there as possible on the day. Remember to get your name printed on the front of your t-shirt or vest - hearing your name called, even by a total stranger, is hugely motivating. All Great Run events feature your name on your timing chip which you attach to your top – you are more than just a number.

Stick to the familiar

You've probably heard the advice about never doing anything on race day that you haven't tried in training. (That's why you aren't going to set off on race day in a brand spanking new pair of trainers.... promise!) But the rule also applies to food and drink. If you've never eaten mini mars bars, orange segments or bananas on the run, then politely decline them from well-meaning spectators - you just don't know how your body might react.

Keep your head up

As you get tired, you may find that your head drops and you're looking at your feet. This not only tips your torso forward, making your running technique less efficient, it can also sap your spirit, because you aren't making eye contact with fellow runners or spectators. Keeping your head up gives you a much more confidence stance and sends a positive message to your subconscious mind. Once you are on the final few miles, pick out a runner and try to catch them up. Even if you don't manage it, it gives you something to focus on.

Enjoy yourself

Whether you are hell bent on achieving a new personal best time or simply making it to the finish line in one piece, try to enjoy the journey as well as the destination. You've put so much into preparing for this big day, so savour it and be proud of yourself.

Beyond the finish line

When you cross the finish line (and you will!), don't stop suddenly. Keep moving while your heart rate and breathing rate get back to normal. And remember to stretch out your muscles (unless they are very sore and tender, in which case it's best to leave stretching for another day). Eat and drink something within the first half hour of finishing and change into some warm dry clothes and footwear.

Frequently Asked Questions

At what time does the Great North Run start?
The Great North Run starts at 10:40am on Sunday 8th September for Elite Men and most competitors. Elite Wheelchair racers start at 10:10am, and Elite Women at 10:15am, with a warm-up for the masses also at 10:15am. The assembly area will be open from 9:15-10:30am
What roads will be closed during the Great North Run?
Road Closures will be in place during the Great North Run on Sunday 8th September and in the build-up the day before. Shuttle buses and public transport are in place to help spectators. In Newcastle, the A167 Central motorway will be closed from Saturday evening, while other roads only close on Sunday morning.The route continues past the Gateshead International Stadium, in South Tyneside and South Shields, so there will be no access to the A184, A194, A1300, and A183.
How do I enter the Great North Run?
Registration for the Great North Run through charities or the ballot has now closed. Runners who have missed out will have to try to sign up for the Great North Run in 2020 instead.
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The SimplyHealth Great North Run weather forecast

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

16°C
Predicted highs
11°C
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IconLight breeze possible, up to 9mph

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The SimplyHealth Great North Run reviews (50)

4.9 out of 5 stars

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Reasons people recommend this event

Stunning scenery

Friendly atmosphere

Incredible crowds

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    Keith T

    Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    An Amazing event if somewhat overwhelming! According to the Results I came in 3rd in my V75 category. Was there a medal/trophy etc due which I failed to collect as I was not expecting to do that well!! ?
    Keith Tewkesbury - Abergele Harriers
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    I love the friendly crowd and the big race atmosphere
    It’s good to watch the TV coverage afterwards
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    4th time running GNR and this year ran for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. I love this event, even though there are 50k+ runners, you are made to feel you are still one special runner. Supporters are just amazing. You really do not need to carry water or snacks as they are available throughout the race. Children handing out ice pops, haribo, oranges etc!
    The event is busy as you may expect but the overall atmosphere is incredible. Loved the showers and hosepipes especially as it was very hot. Also spray sun tan lotion available at the start - great if runners had forgot to bring! My favourite part of the race has to be the start, the famous music 🎶 played in the TV and commentator. I love the last couple of miles when you run down the hill to South Shields seafront. I definitely want to go back for my 5th time. Every runner should at least run this once.
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  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Massive race - one for the bucket list but very busy. Love it and do it every year but know about the crowds before you go.
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Loved the race even more this year. Fantastic weather and even more support than ever!! The only thing that let it down this time was the lack of Red Arrows.
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Great day. Great weather. Great atmosphere. Great supporters. Great experience. Great time. Great North Run.
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Great event very well organised found the course a little boring but loved running over the bridge I was pleased it wasent Laps hate Laps the crowds were awesome which well and truly made up for the motorway running love the idea of the busses for the bag drop albeit challenging to walk to the start line was epic the finish area great and easy to find your bus at the end however getting back to Newcastle was a complete pain we had a 3 hour window to catch our train but we missed it due to volume of traffic
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    The experience was brilliant but we were found it hard to run it due to the number of walkers from quite early on.
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Great great great event - the only thing that I thought was REALLY disgusting - were the number of men whipping out their dicks to take a piss alongside the event trucks at the start of the run on town moor.... as a result - we had to run through their urine puddles - I live in Australia and attended many running events - this was my first in the UK and I have never seen this disgusting behaviour before....
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Amazing run so well organised with crowd support the whole way. I loved every second. Paid for membership for the next 3 years as have to do it again.
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