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Morrisons Great North 10K

Every summer thousands of runners, walkers and joggers pound the pavements of Gateshead at the Morrisons Great North 10K.

The North East’s biggest 10k running event started in Sunderland in 2009, before moving to Gateshead a year later, where runners are given the unique opportunity to cross the finish line inside Gateshead International Stadium as their family and friends cheer them on.

The event has welcomed a host of runners across the finish line, including a World and Olympic marathon champion and hundreds of Gurkha soldiers. In 2013 the Great North 10k was the official running event partner of the European Athletics Team Championships, taking place on the same day as the popular athletics competition.

 

The Course

The 10k course starts behind Gateshead International Stadium and makes its way to the beautiful Gateshead Quayside, passing iconic North East landmarks such as Sage Gateshead, Gateshead Millennium Bridge and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.

You will run underneath the Tyne Bridge before making your way back along the Quayside to Gateshead International Stadium, where your family and friends can watch from the stands as you cross the finish line on the track.

Course Map

Event location

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By car

There is no parking at Gateshead International Stadium we recommend that you leave your car at home. If this is the only way you are able to travel, take a look at the parking map which shows what permanent facilities are in walking distance, but give yourself plenty of walking time.

Please be aware that after 08:30 there will be some road closures in the area. These are mainly along the Quayside, but include Hawks Road, South Shore Road, Saltmeadows Road, Neilson Road and Tyne Main Road.

By Metro

The Start and Finish areas are a short walk from Gateshead Stadium Metro station. Metro services provide a frequent service through the station providing links from Newcastle and Gateshead centres, from Heworth, South Tyneside, Sunderland, Newcastle Airport and North Tyneside stations.

Metro Park and Ride

You can Park and Ride to Gateshead Stadium Metro station from the following main Park & Ride stations on the Metro system: Callerton, Regent Centre, Four Lane Ends, Northumberland Park and Heworth

By bus

The event is easily accessible by bus, with a variety of routes servicing Gateshead International Stadium.
Go North East Service 27 from bus stops on Sunderland Road (Felling) provides a link to Gateshead Stadium every 20 minutes from Hebburn, Jarrow and South Shields.
Quaylink Services Q1 and Q2 provide a link from Gateshead Metro (Q1) and Newcastle City Centre (Q1 and Q2) to the Gateshead Quayside area, but Q1 will be disrupted by road closures for the race so you are recommended to use Q2 to Newcastle Quayside and cross the Millennium Bridge to Gateshead

It is possible to get many of the bus services to operating to Newcastle City Centre, Gateshead Metro or Heworth Metro Stations then use Metro to get to the race from Gateshead Stadium Metro Station

Use the journey planner at www.nexus.org.uk to find out the best service for you or call 0191 20 20 747.

Fare Information

If you are travelling by more than one form of public transport the best ticket to buy is a Day Rover ticket. It gives you unlimited travel all day on Metro, most buses in Tyne and Wear, the Shields Ferry and the Sunderland - Blaydon rail line. Buy it on the day from your bus driver or Metro ticket machine - adult £6.90, child £3.80.

Children who have an Under 16 Pop Card can travel all day for just £1.10 with a Child All-day Ticket (CAT) available from ticket machines or bus drivers.

If you are using Metro only, or travelling on buses from just one bus company, buy one of their day tickets, or a return where available.

Travel

Plan your travel well in advance of the event and aim to arrive at the start around one hour before you are due to run. This will ensure you have plenty of time to familiarise yourself with the facilities, relax and properly prepare for the run.

The Great North 10k in Gateshead is well serviced by public transport. There are no event specific car parks, and we strongly recommend that you make use of the excellent public transport network the North East has to offer. We have worked closely with the relevant agencies to ensure that the services are running as fast as they can, however we still recommend that you allow plenty of time for your journey as it may take slightly longer than normal.

Top Tip

Timetable

Please see below for the 2015 event day timetable:

Time Morrisons Great North 10K
08:00Event day information point opens - Gateshead International Stadium
08:30Baggage drop off facility opens – Gateshead International Stadium
09:45Start assembly area opens – Saltmeadows Road
10.15Start of mass warm-up
10:30Start of Morrisons Great North 10k Orange Wave
10:36Start of Morrisons Great North 10k White Wave
10:42Start of Morrisons Great North 10k Green Wave
10:48Start of Morrisons Great North 10k Pink Wave

*NB. All times are subject to change in the lead up to the event

Elites

Any athlete wishing to compete via an elite entry for the Great North 10K must meet the following criteria:

DistanceMenWomen
10km32.0037.00
10 mile53.0062.00
Half M69.3082.00
Marathon2.28.002.48.00

Other standards considered:

  • Top 20 placing at National Senior XC Championships
  • Any athletes (Junior/ U23 / Senior) that have represented Great Britain at XC/ road or track (at 1500 and above) over the last 3 years will also be offered free elite entry.
Entry Criteria

We offer overall prize money only. Prize money will only be awarded to elite athletes not athletes who run fast times from the mass start.

OVERALL
 MenWomen
1£300.00£300.00
2£200.00£200.00
3£100.00£100.00

Both Elite fields are restricted to numbers so apply early to avoid disappointment. Email andy.nixon@nova-international.com with details of qualifying performances, name, DOB and club.

The Elite Management reserve the right to refuse any entry whether an athlete meets criteria or not. This is a guide and does not guarantee elite entry into any Great Run Event.

Prize Structure