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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!
The unbeatable atmosphere of 60,000 runners and a warm North East welcome.
Televised on the BBC for runners and supporters to watch again and again.
To keep you upbeat and motivated throughout the course.
Including a 5K and junior events in addition to the half marathon itself.
This event is part of Great North Run Weekend.
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.
The Town Moor
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
There are 3 ways to secure your place in this fantastic event:
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.
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.