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Distance Half Marathon
Location Newcastle
Date 10 September 2017
Age 17 years old and over

Simplyhealth Great North Run


The Simplyhealth Great North Run returns on Sunday 10 September, sees thousands of runners take on the half marathon challenge every year. Starting in Newcastle upon Tyne, the 13.1 mile course is lined with supporters all the way from the iconic Tyne Bridge, right out towards the coast in South Shields.

Since 1981 the world's biggest half marathon has welcomed over one million people across the finish line in South Shields and we're looking forward to cheering on the next million. 

The Course

Starting in Newcastle upon Tyne the 13.1 mile route takes runners 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 by our 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 line.

Please note: the course may be subject to change.


Please see below for the 2017 event day timetable:

Time Simplyhealth Great North Run - Sunday 10 September
08:00 Information point opens (located on the Town Moor, near Exhibition Park) and baggage buses open (located along Claremont Road)
09:15 Start assembly area opens
10:05 Baggage buses depart for the finish
10:10 Elite wheelchair race starts
10:15 Elite women start and mass Great North Run warm-up
10:30 Assembly area closes
10:40 START OF THE SIMPLYHEALTH GREAT NORTH RUN (Elite men and the masses)

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

On The Day

There will be thousands of other people heading towards the assembly area so please leave yourself plenty of time to get to the start, especially if you are looking to use the baggage buses located on Claremont Road (adjacent to the start).
Please approach the start area from Claremont Road which brings you safely down to the A167 Central Motorway. Remember you can access your assembly area using both sides of the carriage way.

No late entries are possible on the day. All queries should be dealt with in advance by emailing On the day, our information cabin will handle general enquiries from the Town Moor just up from the start line. Alternatively please visit the information point situated at the Simplyhealth Great North Run Pasta Party on Saturday 9 September, between 9:30am and 5pm.

Toilets at the start are located adjacent to the baggage buses and at the information cabin on the Town Moor. We recommend that you don’t forget to pack some toilet tissue with you, just in case you get caught short!

38 baggage buses are provided at the start for the safe storage of your belongings, which are then transported to the finish for your convenience. Any clothing, etc. left on the carriageway at the start will be removed during the clean-up operation and donated to charity to allow the reopening of the roads as quickly as possible.


  1. The night before. Complete all the details on your baggage label (this is attached to your number) and make sure you tie it to your bag.
  2. Arrive early. Make sure you allow sufficient time to get to the buses to deposit your bag as they leave at 10.05am prompt. If it’s a cold day bring some old clothes to wear while you wait to start which you don’t mind discarding before the run. Items will be collected by a clothing charity.
  3. Valuables. Please remember not to bring any valuables with you to the event. If you bring your mobile phone, please switch it off before you leave your bag.
  4. Remember your bus number. The baggage buses are colour coded (see signage in windows) so please deposit your baggage accordingly. Don’t forget to remember the number of the bus you left your bag on. Stewards will stamp the bus number on your run number to help you remember.
  5. I missed the bus. If you miss the buses that depart at 10.05am don’t panic, you will be asked to put your bag on one of the late baggage vans at the Grandstand Road end of Claremont Road. These vehicles will be clearly marked and will set off for the finish once the event has started. Any late baggage will be available for collection from the late baggage vans on their arrival at the finish, or the baggage information cabin.
  6. At the finish. Buses will be located on the grass by Bents Park Road. Please be aware that for security reasons, access will only be possible for runners wearing their number.
  7. Lost property. If you can’t find your bag at the finish please check at the baggage information cabin. Once the event has closed, any lost baggage enquiries will be handled by emailing
At the start

On arrival familiarise yourself with the area and pay attention to the location of your coloured assembly zone, baggage buses, toilets and information point.

  • Follow the signs which lead to the baggage buses (along Claremont Road) if you wish to use them.
  • Follow the signs to your coloured assembly zones, your number/alphabetical letter corresponds with your zone.
  • Once at your coloured assembly zone you will be asked to show your number to gain entry.
  • Please be considerate to your fellow runners and assemble according to the colour/alphabetical letter of your run number. On the day, signs will be clearly visible to direct you accordingly.
  • When in your zone, please move forward to allow others to assemble behind you.
  • Prior to the event starting, make sure you deposit any rubbish or bin liners to the side of the road so as not to cause an obstacle to other runners.
  • Behind the start line there will be four big screens which will advise you of any last minute information. After 9.30am these screens will periodically show live footage taken from the BBC.
  • Please listen and watch out for any last minute details given either by the PA announcer or alternatively detailed on the big screen.


  • To allow safe management of assembly, each zone has a limit to the number of runners allowed in.
  • If you leave your assembly zone, you will be allowed back in by showing event stewards your number up to 10.30am.

Please be patient once the gun has gone and soak up the atmosphere while you make your way to the start line. Don’t worry about your time! Your timing chip will not activate until you cross the start line for a completely accurate time over the 13.1 miles.


Start Assembly information

We operate four finish systems side by side; our marshals will guide you in. Regardless of which funnel you use your time will be automatically recorded by the chip system. Although it may seem very tempting to stop please keep moving as you cross the line, as there will still be thousands of runners behind you. We have a comprehensive medical service at the finish should you need it.

Keep moving through the finish to the Aqua Pura water station. Once you have left the finish you can refill your water bottles at the signed drinking water points behind the finisher’s marquee and by the baggage buses. There is also water at South Shields Metro. Make sure you have extra drinks in your kit bag, with friends or in your car.

To collect your Finisher's Pack, simply follow the overhead signs in accordance with the t-shirt size you indicated at entry. Your pack also contains, a space blanket, a bottle of Lucozade Sport and other goodies.

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. 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. 

The baggage buses are parked near the finish on the grass by Bents Park Road. Only runners are allowed on board the buses. Late finishers may find that the buses have gone but your bag will be held at the baggage information tent. Changing marquees and toilets are on the grassed area beyond the buses.

If you can’t find someone, try using the Message Centre next to the Information Point where you can leave messages for friends and family or speak to the information team. 

Gypsies Green open air stadium contains the finisher’s marquee, complete with food, drink and entertainment. Visit our
official sportswear partner PUMA and see the new range of Great Run merchandise. Lucozade Sport will be waiting to meet you and Sony are on hand to showcase their latest runner friendly headphones.

Toilets can be found at: Gypsies Green open air stadium, the Charity Village, the Family Reunion area, near the grandstand, along the Coast Road and by the changing marquee. Male urinals/women only loos will be located near the Information Point.

There are 100 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-event relaxation. Contact your charity to see if they will be there.

Results will be available at as soon as you have crossed the finish line.

If you’re looking to keep children entertained while waiting don’t forget about the South Marine Park, Ocean Beach Pleasure Park and Dunes Bowl & Amusements Centre, the brand new Haven Point Pool & Leisure Centre, as well as the fantastic beach. There are more places to eat and drink in the town centre, including the world famous Ocean Road with its huge choice of Indian restaurants and the award-winning Colman’s fish and chips.

At the finish


Great Run Local

Need that little extra help with your training, or somewhere to continue your running experience? Join friendly runners and volunteers at our free, weekly 2k and 5k events and become part of a happier, healthier, growing community!

With your own personal Great Run Local wristband, you can track your progression through our unique mobile phone app, whilst meeting new people and interacting with others as you run! From children in pushchairs to our oldest runner at 88 years young, we encourage all abilities and ages to continue running with us all year round!


GRL Gibside: Every Sunday, 9:15am
Gibside National Trust, Near Rowlands Gill, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE16 6BG

GRL Sunderland: Every Sunday, 9:30am
Mowbray Park, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, SR1 1PP

We are always looking to increase local running opportunities. If you know of any potential venues that could make great running locations and are interested in getting a weekly event off the ground, please contact us at


Great Run Local


Book your 2017 Simplyhealth Great North Run accommodation and event transportation with our Official Travel Partner, Nirvana Europe and experience a stress-free event.

Founded in the North East and with the very best local knowledge of any other travel and accommodation provider, Nirvana has been chosen as the Official Great North Run Travel Partner for good reason.

Their dedicated team, with over 15 year’s experience of supporting Great North Run runners and spectators, provide all of the necessary services to ensure you enjoy your trip to the Great North Run as much as possible.

To view all of Nirvana’s travel and accommodation options, including their VIP packages, and/or book online, please visit email or call  0191 2571750 to make a booking over the phone. 

Nirvana Europe

With accommodation available from £30 per person, as well as University options within a 5 minute walk of the Simplyhealth Great North Run start line, why look anywhere else!

What are the benefits of booking your accommodation through Nirvana?

  • Nirvana offer the best available accommodation to meet the requirements of all participants & supporters, ranging from the Great North Run Sleepover in the City to 4* city centre hotels;
  • Nirvana arrange an early breakfast on event day morning;
  • Nirvana request luggage storage, whilst you attend the Great North Run;
  • Nirvana request shower facilities, so you can freshen up after the run;
  • Nirvana can provide you with cancellation insurance to cover injury or illness, and ensure you are not out of pocket.

To book your accommodation, please click here > email or call 0191 2571750 to make a booking over the phone. 


Nirvana can alleviate the stress of driving on the day of the Simplyhealth Great North Run, and also negate the worry of finding a parking space. 

With transfers starting from as little as £12.95 per person, you will never need to think about negotiating the road closures again!

What are the benefits of booking your event transfers through Nirvana?

  • Nirvana offer cost effective transportation for North East based runners and spectators;
  • Nirvana operate from over 30 separate transfer hub sites around the region;
  • Nirvana provide free parking at transfer hub sites;
  • Nirvana provide a one way return service from South Shields to Newcastle city centre;
  • Nirvana provide a convenient 1 night Coach, Sleep & Run service from selected locations around the UK, providing the perfect solution for anybody who requires a couple of days to travel to and from the North East.

For further information and service costs, please click here > email or call 0191 2571750 to make a booking over the phone. 

Event Day Transfers

Save over 50%* on train travel to the Simplyhealth Great North Run

Take the train and arrive in the heart of the city ready to hit your start line right on time. Book your train tickets in advance at

With direct services into Newcastle from Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and York you can sit back, relax and leave the car at home.

*Terms and conditions apply.




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

Distance Men Women
10km 31.00 38.00
10 mile 51.00 63.00
Half M 69.00 83.00
Marathon 2.24.00 2.48.00

Elite Wheelchair entry criteria:

Distance Time
10km 45.00
Half M 1.25.00
Marathon 3.00.00

Qualifying times must be achieved after the 1st January 2015.

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

*British athletes can collect both prize structures.

  Men Women   Men Women
1 £600.00 £600.00 1 £1500.00 £1500.00
2 £350.00 £350.00 2 £1250.00 £1250.00
3 £200.00 £200.00 3 £750.00 £750.00
      4 £500.00 £500.00
WHEELCHAIRS 5 £300.00 £300.00
1 £400.00 £400.00      
2 £250.00 £250.00      
3 £100.00 £100.00      

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. Elite entries for all events will close 2 weeks before the event date. No entries will be accepted after this date.

Prize Structure

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 information about the Simplyhealth Great North Run, and things to do in Newcastle click here >

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