Great North Run
Sun 10 Sep 2023

Great North Run

Run with Team Stroke and you’ll be closely supported every step of the way in this incredible event plus you’ll be making a difference to people’s lives changed by stroke.

  • Sun 10 Sep 2023

Great North Run


Sign up £30

Fundraise £350

Age 17 & over


The Great North Run is renowned for being the world's greatest half marathon, attracting 57,000 runners each September to its famous course from Newcastle upon Tyne to the coast at South Shields.

The Red Arrows display above thousands of runners crossing the Tyne Bridge is one of the many sights enjoyed by television viewers around the world.

With 5K and junior events taking place the same weekend, there's a reason for everyone to come and soak up the friendly atmosphere!


  • World's greatest half marathon

    The unbeatable atmosphere of 60,000 runners and a warm North East welcome.

  • The Red Arrows and famous Tyne Bridge

    Televised on the BBC for runners and supporters to watch again and again.

  • Bands and entertainment

    To keep you upbeat and motivated throughout the course.

  • weekend of running

    Including a 5K and junior events in addition to the half marathon itself.

This event is part of Great North Run Weekend.

Event details

  • All fitness levels
  • Event expo
  • Event village
  • Families
  • Fancy dress
  • Newcomers
  • Spectators
  • Teams
  • Wheelchair users

The Great North Run is the main event of an exciting weekend of running for all ages and abilities, kicking off with a fun and fast 5K on the Friday followed by a schedule of junior events on the Saturday.


  • Great North Run 5K


  • Junior events


  • Great North Run


  • Bag storage
  • Entertainment
  • Music
  • Toilets
  • Urban

Event HQ

The Town Moor
Grandstand Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear


  • Distance markers
  • Entertainment
  • First aid
  • Food stations
  • Marshals
  • No cut off time
  • Point to point
  • Sweeper
  • Toilets
  • Traffic free
  • Water stations
  • Wave start


The Great North Run is a point-to-point run starting at Town Moor in Newcastle Town Centre and heading to the coast via the Tyne Bridge, Gateshead town centre and South Tyneside.


The run finishes in South Shields after a classic mile long run along the coast road.

Route map

The full route is the normal half marathon distance of 13.1 miles or 21 km and usually takes runners anywhere between an hour (for the elites) to several hours for those out enjoying themselves and soaking up the great atmosphere.

Classic route from Newcastle centre to South Shields seafront.


  • Public transport links
  • Recycling
  • Sustainability policy

Joined-up Public transport

Nexus, Stagecoach, Arriva and Go North East have teamed up to offer a simple multi-use travel ticket which will be valid on Metro, any bus service, and the Shields Ferry for the day of the Great North Run. This multi-use ticket includes travel across the entire North East network on the day of the run, including Tyne and Wear, Durham and Northumberland.

This all-day travel ticket will be available to purchase from Metro station ticket machines, as well as on the day of the event. You can also purchase wristbands online until the week before the event.

Sustainability Policy

The Great Run Company is in the process of updating its Sustainability Strategy in light of its collaborative approach and recent survey. Work to minimise the environmental impacts of their events will continue throughout this process, with particular focus on:

  • Reducing plastic
  • Reducing waste
  • Cutting carbon emissions
  • Responsible procurement

In addition, they are striving to improve performance even further by making sure that sustainability is embedded at the heart of the organisation and culture.

What's included

  • Goody bag
  • Medal
  • Technical t-shirt

The greatest reward in taking part is the sense of achievement as you cross the finish line, but by taking your place on the Great North Run start line, you’re already part of something really special. This event is renowned for being well-organised, safe, and inclusive and the atmosphere and support is always unbelievable.


  • Free event app
  • A huge round of applause as you cross the finish line
  • A shiny new, special edition Great North Run medal
  • An exclusive finishers t-shirt
  • A finisher’s bag filled with goodies
  • Official event day photos available to view and purchase a couple of days after the event
  • Downloadable certificate
  • Your official result ready shortly after you cross the finish line
  • Special partner offers for participants

Event app

The Great Run app is a FREE app, providing live tracking on event day. Family and friends can see your location and track your progress on the interactive map, with times and current pace updated within seconds of crossing each split point. Features include:

  • Live tracking
  • Push notifications
  • Live leader boards
  • Event day updates

  • Fundraising materials
  • Fundraising support

The Great North Run is a large, annual fundraising event that provides a platform for runners to raise millions of pounds for charity every year.

Charities buy places in the Great North Run, then give them to runners who agree to raise money for the charity - these are called 'charity places'. Charity places are a great way to support a good cause and get a place in the event if you missed out on the ballot.


  • Age 17 & over
  • 60000 places
  • Ballot closed
  • Charity entries open
  • Ballot
  • Charity places
  • Enter online
  • Event merch available
  • Race pack by post

How to enter the Great North Run

There are 3 ways to secure your place in this fantastic event:

  • Ballot entry - applications open in early January for a few weeks (from 10am 9th Jan 2023 to 10am 20th Feb 2023)
  • Charity place - join a charity team and raise money for your favourite cause
  • Elite runner - only for eilte runners who meet some fairly strict criteria

Entering the Ballot

Places in the event are allocated using a ballot system which usually takes applications from early January until February - the precise dates for 2023 are yet to be confirmed. All you need to do is fill in an application form and submit it before the February deadline - you'll get a notification if you've been successful. Don't worry if you're not one of the lucky ones, you'll still be able to join a charity team to secure your place.

Charity places

If you'd prefer to run as part of a charity team or you weren't one of the lucky ballot applications, you can still secure your place at the start line with one of our charity partners. Charities are already taking applications for places for 2023 - just click 'How to enter' and find a charity you would like to run for. You can search by name or cause - or just find the cheapest registration fee or lowest fundraising amount. Charity places usually close at the beginning of July.