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The Great North Run

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About
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.
Participants
Half Marathon
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Calendar
Sun 12th Sep 2021
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LocationPin
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4.9
(50 Reviews)
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The event experience
Unbelievable atmosphere

Based on 57,000 participants

Rolling Hills

5 to 20m elevation gain per km

Where and when
Location
King George VI Building, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4LF, UK
Start times
Half Marathon:
10:00am
Races summary
Here's what races are available for The Great North Run
Route information
Entering its 40th anniversary, the Great North Run will be even more spectacular than usual.
To ensure all entrants safety during these times, more information on the exact route will be available closer to the event date.
The course route has yet to be confirmed.
Organiser route images
What's included
  • Exclusive Medal And T-Shirt
  • Goodie-Filled Finisher’s Pack
  • Timing Chip For Accurate Results
  • Free Training And Advice
  • Security Of Closed Roads
  • Water Stations
  • Aid Stations
Train
How to get there
King George VI Building, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4LF, UK
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Address: Claremont Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4NL
Event day logistics
Although general entries have sold out, charity entries are still available on the organiser's website.
Schedule:
Exact scheduling has yet to be confirmed. More information will be available closer to the event date.
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The Great Run Company
The Great Run Company is a United Kingdom events company specialising in the development, design, organisation and rights management of mass participation and televised sporting events. They most notably organise the Great North Run, Great South Run and Great Manchester Run annually.
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FAQ's
At what time does the Great North Run start?
Exact timings have yet to be determined. More information will be available closer to the event date.
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Can I wear headphones while I run at the Great North Run?
Yes, headphones are allowed but it is asked that you please keep volume low so that you can hear your surroundings.
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How can I find pictures from the Great North Run?
Photos will be available on the event website at www.greatrun.org/photos
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Where can I find my results from the Great North Run?
Results will be uploaded to the event website here: https://www.greatrun.org/results after the race.
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Reviews
4.9
50 reviews
FriendlyFaceFriendly atmosphere
CrowdsIncredible crowds
BigMedalAmazing medal
Keith T
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4.7
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
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5.0
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
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5.0
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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4.7
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.
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5.0
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.
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Great day. Great weather. Great atmosphere. Great supporters. Great experience. Great time. Great North Run.
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4.3
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
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4.7
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.
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5.0
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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5.0
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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Recent Questions
12/01/2021
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Joanne Illingworth
01/07/2019
As a slow runner I’m always near the back. Will their still be any support for the slower runners
Steph Ede
01/07/2019
Hi there! There will be just as much support for the slower runners as there is for the faster runners :)
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