The Great North Run is the premier event in the Great Run series and firmly established as the world's greatest half marathon. From just 12,000 runners at the very first staging in 1981, the event has now grown to a record 56,000 accepted entrants from over 122,000 applicants in 2013.
Starting in Newcastle, the course takes in the iconic Tyne Bridge, passes by the famous Gateshead International Stadium, and finishes in the coastal town of South Shields. Live music, on-course refreshments and thousands of cheering supporters keep runners motivated every step of the way.
Many world-class athletes have taken on the challenge including the North East's very own Mike McLeod, winner of the very first Great North Run, as well as some of the most famous names in distance running; Paula Radcliffe and Haile Gebrselassie. The course record was set in 2011 when Kenyan Martin Mathathi stormed to victory in just 59 minutes and 27 seconds.
The Great North Run is not only part of the cultural fabric of the North East, but has touched lives across the UK and around the world – last year's event saw runners from over 40 different countries taking part.
Many choose to run to raise money for causes close to their hearts and in the last 30 years the event has helped runners raise millions of pounds for charities and worthy ventures.
Whether you choose to run to raise money, complete a personal challenge or as part of the journey towards a healthier lifestyle, the Great North Run is the ultimate mass participation running experience!
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