Great North Run

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Staged since 1981 and truly part of the fabric of the North East, the support you will experience on the course is second to none. 2022 sees the event returning to its regular route taking you from Newcastle City Centre to the scenic South Shields coast. Come and experience a once in a lifetime race experience and you will take home your exclusive finishers medal and tee shirt along with incredible memories of being part of history. To be part of this world famous event you will need to first enter the ballot for the hugely oversubscribed 60,000 places. The ballot is open from 10am on Monday 10th Jan until 9am on Monday 21st Feb 2022. All entrants will then be notified by email whether they have been successful or not.
Half Marathon
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Sun, 11 Sept 2022
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Newcastle upon Tyne to South Shields, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Newcastle upon Tyne to South Shields, UK
Start times
Sun, 11 Sept 2022
Half Marathon:
Races summary
Half Marathon
Route information
After two long years, Great Run can’t wait to see you back on the iconic Great North Run, city to sea course, in 2022. They'll be celebrating the return of their traditional route, starting in the heart of Newcastle Upon Tyne and finishing in South Shields.
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What's included
  • Bespoke Finishers Medal
  • Exclusive finishers t-shirt
  • Finishers goodie bag
  • Bragging rights as a Great North Runner!
  • Free training plan
  • Unrivalled oncourse music entertainment zones to keep you motivated
  • Incredible crowd support
  • Access to local Runner Reward offers
  • Pre-race training advice and motivation
  • Access to the free Great Run app to allow your loved ones to track your progress along the route as well as access to all event information
  • Oncourse hydration stations
  • Post event finisher village with activations and giveaways
  • Chip-timed results
  • Closed roads
  • Marked and marshalled route
  • Full medical support
How to get there
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
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Road Closures
Ensure you plan your journey to the start line in advance of the big day as there will be a number of road closures in place and your usual routes into the city may not be available.
These will be confirmed closer to event day.
Event day logistics
Exact timings will be confirmed closer to event date.
Race Pack
Your race pack will be sent out in the post approximately 3 weeks before the event, it will include your race number and your timing chip.
Once you have received your race pack, you must read all the information as this is important preparation and will make sure you enjoy your day.
You do not need to register on the day.
There will be Great Run Information points on the day for if you have any last minute queries.
If your race pack doesn't arrive please contact the organiser at who can verify your entry and give you details on how to collect a replacement pack on race weekend.
Start Times
Your start time and wave allocation will be based on your estimated finish time when you enter. You can determine what wave you are in by looking at your race number, which you will receive in your race pack.
Age Requirements
Entrants must 17 and older to participate in the Great North Run.
Sweep Vehicle
There are no cut-off times but there is a sweep vehicle as the organiser is under pressure to open the closed roads.
Ballot Checker
To check the status of your 2022 Great North Run ballot application, please enter your booking reference in the form on this pageExternalLink.
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Great Run
Great Run is the UK’s biggest mass participation sports business. They have been creating and delivering major, televised, mass participation events for over 4 decades. In that time, over 4.7m runners, swimmers and cyclists have been cheered across the finish line. Their signature event is the world’s biggest half marathon, the iconic Great North Run, which reached its milestone 40th event last year. The Great North Run evolved into a UK wide series of events, giving over 200,000 runners the chance to achieve their goals every year.
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51 reviews
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Did the Half Marathon in 2021
The Covid measures didn't stop this being a brilliant event! So many wonderful supporters and volunteers made it a fantastic day for the runners. You could just tell how excited everyone was to have the GNR return after a year off during lockdown. Running over the Tyne Bridge with the red arrows going overboard is something I'll never forget!
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.
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....
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Recent Questions
As a slow runner I’m always near the back. Will their still be any support for the slower runners
Hi there! There will be just as much support for the slower runners as there is for the faster runners :)
As a slow runner I’m always near the back. Will their still be any support for the slower runners
Hi there! There will be just as much support for the slower runners as there is for the faster runners :)

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