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Morrisons Great North Run

The world's leading half marathon, the Great North Run, was first staged in 1981 where just over 12,000 people took part on the 13.1 mile course from Newcastle upon Tyne to South Shields; with entries reaching 57,000 people in 2014.

Last year the Great North Run took its place in history as it became the first International Association of Athletics Federations event in the world to welcome its millionth finisher.

The event is broadcast on BBC and attracts a host of world-class athletes. Previous runners include some of the most famous names in distance running; Mo Farah, Paula Radcliffe and Haile Gebrselassie.

Ballot Check

If you would like to find out whether you were successful or unsuccessful in the 2015 Morrisons Great North Run general entry ballot, you can complete a short online form using your ID registration. This year’s half marathon takes place on Sunday 13 September, starting in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne and finishing along the coast of South Shields.

Check the status of your ballot entry now

Ballot Check

The Course

Starting in Newcastle upon Tyne the 13.1 mile route takes runnes through the city centre towards the River Tyne where thousands of people will cross over the iconic Tyne Bridge, where if you're lucky, you might get a glimpse of the Red Arrows passing overhead.

From there runners will travel through Gateshead while being entertained many bands on the run. The route, lined by thousands of supporters, leads runners to South Shields where at the top of Prince Edward Road the view of the sea is one of the most welcoming sights along the whole course.

From that point there is just over a mile to go and the crowds get louder as runners make their way down the final straight towards the finish gantry.

Course Map

Event location

Recently voted, by Guardian and Observer readers, as the best city in the UK, Newcastle is the place to visit.

Nestled next to the River Tyne, a stone’s throw from the North East coastline, and a short drive away from the rolling countryside, Newcastle has a multitude of qualities to offer any visitor.

The huge arts and culture scene offers visitors an alternative reason to visit the ‘toon’ other than its traditional buzzing bars and quirky restaurants.

Visit the popular Quayside area to see the famous Tyne Bridge that joins Newcastle and Gateshead, and pop across the tilting Millennium Bridge to visit the Baltic Gallery and the Sage concert venue.

For more ideas on things to do in Newcastle you can go to:

About NewcastleGateshead


As the official travel partner of the Morrisons Great North Run; Nirvana Europe Ltd are able to offer a number of event day transfer services to help take the stress and worry out of your event day preparations.

With the event starting and finishing in two separate locations, Nirvana Europe are delighted to offer the following transfer services:

Coach & Run
This exciting service provides the perfect solution for those who prefer to experience the Morrisons Great North Run all in one day, eliminating the need for overnight accommodation.

The Coach & Run Service currently operates from the following locations:

  • York
  • Leeds
  • Edinburgh
  • Carlisle
  • Doncaster

All of the above are £49.00 per person return.

Coach, Sleep & Run
Nirvana Europe’s Coach, Sleep & Run Service provides the perfect solution for those who live a little further away and need a couple of days to travel to the North East of England. This service is suitable for both runners and spectators.

The Coach, Sleep & Run Service currently operates from the following locations:

  1. Coach, Sleep & Run North West - £125.00 per person
    servicing Manchester, Preston and Lancaster.
  2. Coach, Sleep & Run Midlands - £125.00 per person
    servicing Birmingham and Nottingham locations.
  3. Coach, Sleep & Run Glasgow Central - £125.00 per person
    servicing Central Glasgow.
  4. Coach, Sleep & Run London - £145.00 per person
    servicing both London Central and North London.

The itinerary of the product is detailed below:

  • Coach to Newcastle on Saturday 12.9.15, the day before the race.
  • Arrive and stay for 1 nights Accommodation at one of Newcastle’s Universities
  • Wake up, breakfast included, and then a 10 minute walk to the start line of the race.
  • Run the Morrisons Great North Run!
  • Coach straight back from the finish line to your chosen pick up location.

To book – please call Nirvana Europe on 0191 2571750 or book online HERE

Race Day Transfer Service
Open for both runners and spectators, the Morrisons Great North Run Day Transfers are a return service from one of our specially selected locations that we have throughout the North East. All of the following services will take you to the start line and return you to you chosen collection point after the race.

Inner Zone - Cost: £29 per person (Return)
Newcastle, Durham, Gateshead, Morpeth and Sunderland

Outer Zone - Cost: £35 per person (Return)
Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Darlington, Teesside, Hexham

Run Finish to Newcastle City Centre – Cost: £15.00 per person
Operating from the run finish in South Shields to Newcastle City Centre.

For further information and to book your accommodation online, please click HERE

Telephone: 0191 257 1750 - Morrisons Great North Run Travel Helpline!
Office Opening Hours: 9am - 5pm (Monday - Friday)



Nirvana Europe Ltd are the official travel and accommodation agent for the Morrisons Great North Run and have a whole host of accommodation options on sale for runners and spectators.

Ranging from the Official Morrisons Great North Run Campsite to the 4* Official Event Hotel, all options can be booked on a stand alone basis, or include Nirvana Europe Event Day Transfers too, which will take you to and from the event on the day.

For further information and to book your accommodation online, please click HERE

Or alternatively do not hesitate to call or send an email...with their knowledge on the event and being based in the North East, they are perfect people to help take away the stress and strain from your travel arrangements.

Telephone: 0191 257 1750 - Morrisons Great North Run Travel Helpline!
Office Opening Hours: 9am - 5pm (Monday - Friday)



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

10 mile51.0060.00
Half M69.0080.00

Elite Wheelchair entry criteria:

Half M1.25.00

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.

  Men Women   Men Women
1 $800.00 $800.00 1 $2000.00 $2000.00
2 $500.00 $500.00 2 $1500.00 $1500.00
3 $300.00 $300.00 3 $1000.00 $1000.00
      4 $750.00 $750.00
      5 $500.00 $500.00
1 $800.00 $800.00      
2 $500.00 $500.00      
3 $300.00 $300.00      
4 $200.00 $200.00      
5 $150.00 $150.00      

Both Elite fields are restricted to numbers so apply early to avoid disappointment. Email 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


Click on the links below to download useful event information: