Beginner Friendly Running Events in North East

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The Prince Bishop's Durham City Run


New and improved for 2019, two races and one unforgettable finish! The World Heritage Site provides the stunning backdrop to this exciting event that chases through the narrow cobbled streets and along the beautiful River Wear with the imposing 900 year old Cathedral always beckoning. There can hardly be a more spectacular setting for a Summer Night of racing and fun. Tell me more, tell me more!

£13 - £24
The Prince Bishop's Durham City Run
Pieces of 8 Penshaw Half Marathon
New Herrington, North East, United Kingdom

Part of the 2018 Urban Trails series of races by Trail Outlaws.The Pieces of 8 Half Marathon starts at the foot of Penshaw Hill. The route takes in beautiful trails along the North and South side of the River Wear, with great views along the river and its broad range of wildlife and wildfowl, before the fabulous finish on Penshaw Monument itself.

We are sure you will agree, the finish and the bling with be worth the challenge. This race has everything you would want in a Trail Race.

This race also has great facilities for the whole family. Herrington Country Park has a children's play area, woodland walks and fun trail walks. There is also a great cafe and an ice cream van on the park as well.

£30 - £32
Pieces of 8 Penshaw Half Marathon
Anita Nott Women Only Run
Newcastle upon Tyne, North East, United Kingdom

The Anita Nott Memorial Run is a women-only 5K run through Jesmond Dene, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Anita was a member of Heaton Harriers for a number of years. Anita raced in all disciplines from cross country to road and track and produced some outstanding results. As well as regularly racing for the club and being amongst one of our top performing ladies (winning the Davidson Shield on a number of occasions and the local 5k Sunshine run) she also immersed herself in the organization of club events and also supported many of our younger runners who were just starting out.

This tremendous support and enthusiasm for the club and its members and a real love for running was evident in all that Anita did. Anita never made excuses as to why she couldnt do something she just got out and did it. She was very keen to promote veteran running and as such welcomed generous prize structures in local races that highlighted the strength in depth of the veteran field. For this reason, we have an extensive prize list for our womens only race to encourage everyone to take part and remember not only why we run but show everyone just how well we do it!

Anita tragically lost her life in September 2006 whilst out on a training run. As a club we were heartbroken to lose such an amazing person and as such decided to dedicate our womens only run to her name. This race has been well supported over the years. Anita was very keen to see women getting involved in running and would have welcomed all abilities taking part in the event.

We ask that you come and support our event and remember a great athlete! This could be the start of your athletic journey!

£7 - £9
Anita Nott Women Only Run
Lambton 10K
Houghton le Spring, North East, United Kingdom

This annual event from Foundation of Light, set in the exclusive, beautiful and private Lambton Estate thats not normally accessible to the public, is growing in popularity and is perfectly timed for those training towards the Great North Run.

£10 - £18
Lambton 10K
Race for Life 5K & 10K – Newcastle
Newcastle upon Tyne, North East, United Kingdom

This is a race suitable for all abilities. This is thousands of women uniting with one purpose. Walk, jog or run. Raise valuable funds for research. Dont forget to bring your friends and family along to support you. In the event site there will be activities and stalls for all the family.

£10 - £14.99
Race for Life 5K & 10K – Newcastle
Try on the Tyne
Newcastle upon Tyne, North East, United Kingdom

There is something for everyone, those beginning their Triathlon journey, the Duathlon die-hards, pb chasing runners as well as those just looking for a fun and atmospheric event to do with friends and family in a stunning location. All events are chip timed and all finishers will receive a t-shirt, medal and goody bag.

£8 - £48
Try on the Tyne
Quayside 5k

The race will be used as the Gateshead Harriers & AC Club Road Championship and will be used as part of the selection process for the Northern 6-Stage Road Relays Championships with the first male and female Gateshead Harriers being awarded The David Mount Cup named after our former Chairman.

And yes the rumours are true there will be 2 races this year due to high demand.. and safety.

£15 - £17
Quayside 5k
South Shields Summer Trail Series - Race 5
South Shields, North East, United Kingdom

The run is held once per month & has a friendly community feel with a competitive spirit. All abilities of runner are welcome to take part, especially if youre new to trail running! The course includes everything you want in a trail run challenging hills, exciting descents and great views at the top. Join us for a drink after the run in the White Horse Pub.

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South Shields Summer Trail Series - Race 5

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What you need to know about Beginner Friendly Running Events

Whether you’re completely new to running or just getting back into the swing of things, we’ve got some great race recommendations to get you started. Chosen by our team, these are some of our favourite events for first-timers. 5k races & 10k races are perfect for beginners, they tend to be relatively flat (always check the elevation just in case) and there’ll usually be a great crowd to cheer you on.

Find the right running event for you

To keep motivated try to run with friends and to organise a race a few months away as something to work towards. Running as a sport is very inclusive, people love to chat and give a boost to those around them! Practice makes perfect so with the right training you can achieve anything. Start small and it won’t be long before you’re a total professional tackling the bigger races.

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