We aim to make the Bupa Great North run unforgettable for the runners taking part, and truly inspirational for all those spectators who come to watch. You are able to spectate at most places along the course, but please be mindful of instructions given to you by race officials.
The run will take participants along a 13.1 mile journey starting on the Central Motorway in Newcastle, crossing the iconic Tyne Bridge, before turning on to the Felling Bypass towards White Mare pool, runners will then head toward the coast before arriving at the finish line in South Shields. We advise runners and spectators to plan their journey in advance, the North East has excellent public transport links with Bus, Ferry and the Tyne and Wear Metro.
Network One – New for 2012
For 2012 a new Day Rover ticket package is on offer exclusively for the Bupa Great North Run from Network One.
Network One Day Rovers will enable you to use just one ticket for any bus service in Tyne & Wear, including special Great North Run services, the Metro and the Ferry.
At the reduced price of £5.50 for one day, £10 for two days and £15 for three days this is the easiest way to get around Tyne & Wear over the Great North Run Weekend. Special offer only available online in advance. See networkonetickets.co.uk
The start is located to the north of Newcastle City Centre, just off Claremont Road on the Central Motorway. The start area is over 1km long and will be extremely busy with runners arriving and crowds of spectators watching the event get underway. The start area is open to spectators, however you cannot access the runner assembly zones. Big screens will be showing all the action from the start line as the sea of runners head off towards South Shields. There are a number of vantage points in the vicinity including bridges and grass verges. To beat the crowds, head to the finish line or find a vantage point further along the course to cheer your runner on.
GETTING TO THE START
If you’re traveling by Metro the nearest station is Haymarket - a 10 minute walk to the start line - please follow the “To the Start” signs or crowds of people also making their way to the start.
Shuttle buses are available to take runners and spectators from the finish area in South Shields to the start area (the R1 and 553 will drop you off at Haymarket Bus Station) as above, please follow the “To the Start” signs or crowds of people also making their way to the start.. No car parking facilities are available at the start area, if you are traveling by car you are advised to use City Centre car parks. Do not park in areas which have police restrictions in place.
Toilets can be found at the information point on the Town Moor and adjacent to the baggage bus drop of point along Claremont Road.
On-course, bands on the run, charity cheering points and the Bupa Boost Zone provide entertainment for runners and spectators alike.
Even if you can't spot your special runner - every race number shows the person’s name, so why not cheer and encourage other runners to keep going. If you’re traveling by Metro and would like to experience the atmosphere on course the best Metro Stations to alight from are Gateshead, Gateshead Stadium and Heworth.
The finish area is located in South Shields, right on the North Sea coast. The nearest Metro Station is South Sheilds, which is about a 15 minute walk away. The Metro will be busy on race day, your runner could arrive at the finish before you,so please plan in advance where you are going to meet. Don’t forget to visit the charity village, relax in the finishers marquee on Gypsies Green, or visit the attractions in South Shields; including South Marine Park, Ocean Beach Pleasure Park and of course the fantastic beach.
There are numerous parking areas available at the finish site indicated on the map above. Blue badge holders can access the car parks closest to the finish line which are located on the Bent Park Road Playing Fields and The Promenade behind The Sand Dancer Pub. There is a tarmac path which runs all the way along that road up to the finish.
The family reunion area is at the exit from the finish, on the grass on the seaward side. Follow the signs to ‘Family Reunion.’ Meet up under the A-Z banner that matches the first letter of the runner’s surname. So if you’re meeting a runner called John Smith, stand under ‘S.’ You might choose to meet up elsewhere, e.g. at a charity tent or at your car: the important thing is to agree this in advance with everyone in your party.
Gypsies Green open air stadium contains the finishers’ marquee – complete with food, drink, entertainment and that all important post-race massage from the team at Bupa! Come and visit our official sportswear partner Asics who will be present near the Charity Village on race day.
The stadium contains the largest number of toilets, but you will find more in the Charity Village and in the Family Re-union area. There are also toilets near the Grandstand and along the Coast Road and by the changing marquee. Both male and female urinals (yes, they do exist, and are a great way of avoiding long queues!) will be located near the Information Point.
There are 99 charities with marquees in the charity village to meet and greet runners. Many of them will be providing refreshments, massage and entertainment making it a great place for some post race chillout. Contact your charity to see if they will be there. The magazine contains all the information you need to know about event click here to view online.