Beginner Friendly Running Events in North East

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MAY11
Siglion Sunderland City Half Marathon

We are looking forward to welcoming back many of you who have taken part over the past seven years to join in the celebrations, along with newcomers looking for a new challenge.

With spectacular coastal views and a brilliant atmosphere, although we cannot guarantee the weather, we can guarantee a superbly organised event with plenty of support on the route and an army of enthusiastic volunteers to make it a great day for all taking part. There is also limited parking, baggage services and plenty of fun activities for those not taking part.

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Siglion Sunderland City Half Marathon

273 High St W, Sunderland SR1 3DZ, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

We are looking forward to welcoming back many of you who have taken part over the past seven years to join in the celebrations, along with newcomers looking for a new challenge.

With spectacular coastal views and a brilliant atmosphere, although we cannot guarantee the weather, we can guarantee a superbly organised event with plenty of support on the route and an army of enthusiastic volunteers to make it a great day for all taking part. There is also limited parking, baggage services and plenty of fun activities for those not taking part.

£15 - £34.50
Siglion Sunderland City Half Marathon
MAY19
Pier to Pier Race
South Shields, North East, United Kingdom

The Pier to Pier race is one of the more popular runs in the North of England with around 1000 entries each year. The run starts on the beach at South Shields Pier and follows a superb scenic route along the cliff paths past Marsden Rock and Souter Lighthouse. It rejoins the beach at Whitburn and finishes at Roker Pier in Sunderland.

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Pier to Pier Race

222 Sunderland Rd, South Shields NE34 6AT, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

The Pier to Pier race is one of the more popular runs in the North of England with around 1000 entries each year. The run starts on the beach at South Shields Pier and follows a superb scenic route along the cliff paths past Marsden Rock and Souter Lighthouse. It rejoins the beach at Whitburn and finishes at Roker Pier in Sunderland.

£25 - £27
Pier to Pier Race
JUN9
Race for Life 5K – Gateshead

Join thousands of people in the fight against cancer - enter one of the hundreds of Race for Life fund-raising events taking place across the UK and help more people survive.

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Race for Life 5K – Gateshead

Saltwell Park, E Park Rd, Gateshead NE9 5AX, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

Join thousands of people in the fight against cancer - enter one of the hundreds of Race for Life fund-raising events taking place across the UK and help more people survive.

£10 - £14.99
Race for Life 5K – Gateshead
JUN23
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.

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Pieces of 8 Penshaw Half Marathon

Unnamed Road, New Herrington, Houghton le Spring DH4 7NJ, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

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
JUN23
FACT Wig Walk
Blaydon-on-Tyne, North East, United Kingdom

Help support people in the North East affected by cancer by taking part in our Wigwalk !

FACT - Fighting All Cancers Together is holding their annual Wigwalk at Swalwell Cricket Club.

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FACT Wig Walk

Derwenthaugh Rd, Blaydon-on-Tyne NE21, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

Help support people in the North East affected by cancer by taking part in our Wigwalk !

FACT - Fighting All Cancers Together is holding their annual Wigwalk at Swalwell Cricket Club.

£6
FACT Wig Walk
JUN23
FACT North East Cancer Run

Help support people in the North East affected by cancer by taking part in our North East Cancer Fun Run!

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FACT North East Cancer Run

Swalwell Cricket Club, Derwenthaugh Park, Hexham Rd, Swalwell, Blaydon-on-Tyne NE21 6JA, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

Help support people in the North East affected by cancer by taking part in our North East Cancer Fun Run!

£10 - £80
FACT North East Cancer Run
JUN24
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!

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Anita Nott Women Only Run

38 Grosvenor Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 2NA, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

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
JUN30
Race for Life 5K & 10K – Hartlepool
Hartlepool, England, United Kingdom

This is thousands of people uniting with one purpose. Walk, jog or run. Raise valuable funds for research.

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Race for Life 5K & 10K – Hartlepool

Coronation Dr, Hartlepool, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

This is thousands of people uniting with one purpose. Walk, jog or run. Raise valuable funds for research.

£10 - £14.99
Race for Life 5K & 10K – Hartlepool
JUN30
Race for Life 5K– Durham

This is a 5k suitable for all abilities. This is thousands of people uniting with one purpose. Walk, jog or run.

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Race for Life 5K– Durham

County Hall, Durham DH1 5UZ, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

This is a 5k suitable for all abilities. This is thousands of people uniting with one purpose. Walk, jog or run.

£10 - £14.99
Race for Life 5K– Durham
JUN30
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.

2 reviews
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Lambton 10K

11 Forge Ln, Houghton le Spring, Chester le Street DH3 4PD, UKView event
2 reviews
About the event
From the organiser

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.

Reviews
  • Did the event in 2017

    This is a local course for me but that's not why I do it. It's a lovely semi-trail route. Lovely scenery as you run along, the start can be a bit tight through a narrow stretch but once past that then you're away. There is a hilly but on 2k but you're fresh then and then you can just chug along taking in the views...until 8k...then you have a monster hill to climb. Every year I say I will complete in one go...and every year I get closer. But not managed the whole lot yet...next year then eh?Good fun and pretty race.
  • Did the event in 2016

    Ran this twice and it is the hilliest course Ive ran.Mix of trail and paths make this a great introduction to light trail running. Some sections can be boggy/wet so dont wear those new shiny trainers!At the start there are a couple of pinch points where Ive had to walk as you cant move but they clear up quickly. Challenging course with lots of ups and downs. The final hill is a real challenge.Something a bit diferent from usual road races and generally not too many people.Technical T-Shirt at the end.
£10 - £18
Lambton 10K
JUL7
Bottoms Up Cup 5K Race

Washington Running Club host an annual 5k race aptly named The Bottoms Up Cup, running through the heart of the iconic Princess Anne Park in the centre of Washington on a Sunday morning during the summer.

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Bottoms Up Cup 5K Race

The Princess Anne Park, 14 Creevelea, Washington NE38 7TU, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

Washington Running Club host an annual 5k race aptly named The Bottoms Up Cup, running through the heart of the iconic Princess Anne Park in the centre of Washington on a Sunday morning during the summer.

£8 - £10
Bottoms Up Cup 5K Race
JUL14
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.

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Race for Life 5K & 10K – Newcastle

The Town Moor, Newcastle upon Tyne, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

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
JUL19
Northern Frontrunners LGBT 5k Race 2019
Newcastle upon Tyne, North East, United Kingdom

A 5k race taking place for the 6th consecutive year on Newcastle Town Moor, to coincide with the Pride weekend and celebrating diversity.

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Northern Frontrunners LGBT 5k Race 2019

The Town Moor, Newcastle upon Tyne, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

A 5k race taking place for the 6th consecutive year on Newcastle Town Moor, to coincide with the Pride weekend and celebrating diversity.

£17
Northern Frontrunners LGBT 5k Race 2019
JUL25
Durham City Run

The 5k and 10k races start 10 minutes apart, facing each other across the the ancient Market square. With a little luck you may have produced youre own historical performance to match the surrounding splendour!

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Durham City Run

Gatehouse, N Bailey, Durham DH1 3RQ, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

The 5k and 10k races start 10 minutes apart, facing each other across the the ancient Market square. With a little luck you may have produced youre own historical performance to match the surrounding splendour!

£13 - £24
Durham City Run
AUG21
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.

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Quayside 5k

The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, S Shore Rd, Gateshead NE8 3BA, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

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
AUG29
Watergate 5k (Incorporating the NEMAA Masters Championships) and junior races

A fast 2 lap traffic free course in Watergate Park Lobley hill Gateshead juniors one 2km lap approx.

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Watergate 5k (Incorporating the NEMAA Masters Championships) and junior races

Watergate Cafe, Gateshead NE11 0BG, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

A fast 2 lap traffic free course in Watergate Park Lobley hill Gateshead juniors one 2km lap approx.

£10 - £12
Watergate 5k (Incorporating the NEMAA Masters Championships) and junior races
APR28
Wallsend Harriers Terry O’Gara Memorial 5K
Newcastle upon Tyne, North East, United Kingdom

The Terry OGara Memorial 5k Road Race is an annual race (in March/April time), open to all, held in memory of our dearly beloved and much-missed former chairman who passed away in 2012.

There is also a fantastic one mile Fun Run for youngsters and partners who are not able to compete in the full 5k race.

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Wallsend Harriers Terry O’Gara Memorial 5K

15 The Silverlink N, Newcastle upon Tyne NE27 0BY, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

The Terry OGara Memorial 5k Road Race is an annual race (in March/April time), open to all, held in memory of our dearly beloved and much-missed former chairman who passed away in 2012.

There is also a fantastic one mile Fun Run for youngsters and partners who are not able to compete in the full 5k race.

£12 - £14
Wallsend Harriers Terry O’Gara Memorial 5K
MAY11
Sunderland City Half Marathon & 10K

We are looking forward to welcoming back many of you who have taken part over the past seven years to join in the celebrations, along with newcomers looking for a new challenge.

With spectacular coastal views and a brilliant atmosphere, although we cannot guarantee the weather, we can guarantee a superbly organised event with plenty of support on the route and an army of enthusiastic volunteers to make it a great day for all taking part.

Details

Sunderland City Half Marathon & 10K

273 High St W, Sunderland SR1 3DZ, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

We are looking forward to welcoming back many of you who have taken part over the past seven years to join in the celebrations, along with newcomers looking for a new challenge.

With spectacular coastal views and a brilliant atmosphere, although we cannot guarantee the weather, we can guarantee a superbly organised event with plenty of support on the route and an army of enthusiastic volunteers to make it a great day for all taking part.

£15 - £34.50
Sunderland City Half Marathon & 10K
JUN22
Gibside Marathon

Our evening event is a multi-lap race around the undulating grounds of Gibside. There is a strict 5-hour time limit to ensure all runners complete the race before darkness falls. Start time is 5:00 pm.

Footpaths range from the tarmac, hardcore, and trail. There are a feed stations on each lap providing water, juice, and sweets. Toilets are located by the Potting Shed Cafe and beer garden (which remains open for spectators) and the start is at Green Close on the Avenue.

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Gibside Marathon

2 Gibside Way, Gateshead NE11 9XS, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

Our evening event is a multi-lap race around the undulating grounds of Gibside. There is a strict 5-hour time limit to ensure all runners complete the race before darkness falls. Start time is 5:00 pm.

Footpaths range from the tarmac, hardcore, and trail. There are a feed stations on each lap providing water, juice, and sweets. Toilets are located by the Potting Shed Cafe and beer garden (which remains open for spectators) and the start is at Green Close on the Avenue.

£17 - £52
Gibside Marathon
AUG28
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

178 Quarry Ln, South Shields NE34 7QZ, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

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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