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Distance Half Marathon
Price £54 per entry
Location Newcastle
Date 10 September 2017

Great North Run

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the 2016 Great North Run. You were all fantastic and should be very proud of yourselves.

The 2017 Great North Run will take place on Sunday 10 September - make sure you sign up to the reminder service so that we can let you know when entries into the ballot open.

Now, it's time to relax!



Marathon Photos, our photo partner, is offering you fantastic savings of up to 50% on the download of your Great North Run photos and video. There are many great products to buy featuring your personal photos, including the Digital Pack which provides you with all your photos available to download to your computer, now costing only £19.95.

Click here to view your personal photos and video >

Please note: discounts on photos are available until 23:59 on Sunday18 September.



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 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

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 Great North Run Pasta Party on Saturday 10 September, between 10am 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 (see map page 43). 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


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

Distance Men Women
10km 31.00 37.00
10 mile 51.00 62.00
Half M 69.00 82.00
Marathon 2.24.00 2.47.00

Elite Wheelchair entry criteria:

Distance Time
10km 45.00
Half M 1.25.00
Marathon 3.00.00

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 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 $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
WHEELCHAIRS 5 $500.00 $500.00
1 $500.00 $500.00      
2 $350.00 $350.00      
3 $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. 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

2016 Great North Run offer
The discount: £10 for adults and £5 for kids/ concessions. Available from Thursday 8 September to Saturday 10 September 2016 inclusive only.

Who is eligible: GNR* participant plus one other person (*includes Great North 5k and Junior/Mini Great North Run entrants too).
How to redeem: Show your 2016 Great North Run number at reception (or Great North 5k, Junior/Mini Great North Run number).

The offer:

Life Science Centre is one of the North East’s top tourist attractions.  As a Great North Runner you can make the most of an exclusive discount. One of the current highlights at the Centre is the chance to see a series of short films celebrating running and the world’s biggest half marathon in Life’s stunning  planetarium. Great North Run show times are 12 noon and 3.30pm each day (Thursday 8 September to Saturday 10 September 2016).

 Your ticket also gets you everything else Life has to offer including:

  • Animal Inside Out – Gunther von Hagens’ stunning exhibition of over 100 REAL animals and specimens preserved through the process of plastination
  • Live theatre shows
  • The 4D Motion Ride (height restrictions apply)
  • The hands-on Brain Zone where you can explore what makes your brain so amazing
  • Young Explorers’ Zone for under 7s

Terms and conditions 
Discount is available from Thursday 8 September to Saturday 10 September 2016 inclusive only.
Show your 2016 Great North Run number at reception (or Great North 5k, Junior/Mini Great North Run number). Management reserve the right to refuse entry

Visit the Life Science Centre

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 Great North Run, and things to do in Newcastle click here >

About NewcastleGateshead


Great Runners Welcome Here

To find out how to take advantage of the free Great Runners Welcome Here offers linked to your event click here.

Your Great North Run offers:

  • Annie's Guest House

    Exclusive discount off accommodation booked online on our website using discount code "greatrun". Valid against our normal room rates, any day of the year including the Great North Run weekend.
    106 Beach Road
    South Shields
    Tyne and Wear
    NE33 2NE

  • Bierrex

    Carbo brunch deals £5.96 available for all runners across the GNR weekend Thursday to Sunday
    82-84 Pilgrim Street
    Tyne & Wear
    NE1 6SG

  • Head of Steam Quayside

    Competitors will get a free pint of Tuborg, Steamer or Redeemer or a Glass of House Wine when they purchase a Main Course. Valid 10th and 11th Of September All Day
    11-17 Broad Chare
    Tyne & Wear
    NE1 3DQ

  • Newcastle Castle

    The discount: Buy one, get one free. Available Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September 2016. (Thursday 9 and Friday 9 September are already Heritage Open Days) Who is eligible: GNR* participant plus one other person (*includes Great North 5k and Junior/Mini Great North Run entrants too). Excludes evening events and film screenings. How to redeem: Show your 2016 Great North Run number at the Castle’s Black Gate reception (or Great North 5k, Junior/Mini Great North Run number). The offer: Newcastle Castle is where the city got its name. Today you can explore the ancient passageways and chambers where Kings walked and villains were imprisoned. Find the marks left by the inhabitants through the ages and learn the fascinating story of the Castle Garth community which grew up around the ruins. Exhibits guide visitors through the Castle's history over the years: from settlement in Roman times, to medieval stronghold, use as a modern day museum and everything in between. Reopened
    Newcastle Castle
    The Black Gate and Castle Keep
    Tyne and Wear
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    Tyne and Wear
    NE1 1RQ

  • Ocean Beach Pleasure Park

    £25 worth of Ride Tickets for £15, 2-4-1 Games of Laserforce, £1 Laser Maze per person - All valid from 9th - 14th September 2016. Just show your Run number to claim this offer.
    Ocean Beach Pleasure Park
    Sea Road
    South Shields
    Tyne & Wear
    NE33 2LD

  • Radley

    Free personalised Radley tag for Great North Runners with every Handbag purchasefrom 9-12th Sept
    Red Mall
    NE11 9YG

  • Super Natural

    Any meal, jacket, sandwich or panini plus a drink of your choice for £5.99. Super Boost Energy Drink - freshly made from carrot, apple, lime and ginger (help you through the run!) only £2.50. Available from 9th to 13th September
    27 Grainger Street
    Tyne And Wear
    Newcastle Upon Tyne
    Tyne & Wear
    NE1 5JE

  • Union Clothing

    15% discount off all full price items from 9th to 12th September at Union Clothing, Menswear & Denim specialists
    35, High Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1EW
    12, High Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1EW
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    Tyne & Wear
    NE1 1EW

  • Wylam Brewery

    Grab yourself a bottle of the official Great North Run Commemorative Ale - Runner’s Reward, made by the Wylam Brewery. The ultimate, refreshing, zesty pale ale for our tired runners. This will be available in the Beer Tent at the finish on Gypsies Green and runners will receive a discount (£3 a bottle for runners, normal price £3.50) when they present their medal. Remember to rehydrate with water first and don’t forget to share your medal selfies with your #GNRBeer! *Please drink responsibly.
    Exhibition Park
    Claremont Road
    Newcastle Upon Tyne
    Tyne and Wear
    NE2 4PZ

  • Aveika

    2-4-1 cocktails in the main bar, 3 courses for £15 in our restaurant. Available all day Sunday 11th September.
    10-15 Sandhill
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    Tyne and Wear
    NE1 3AF

  • Datbar

    Pizza, Pasta or Burger for £6.50 available Thursday to Sunday of GNR weekend
    11 Market Street
    Tyne & Wear
    NE1 6JN

  • Life Science Centre

    Exclusive offer for Great North Runners: £10 adults/£5 kids 8th to 10th Sept (each runner can buy 1 extra entry at this rate) . See the Great North Run films on show in the Planetarium 1200 & 1530 each day, plus theatre shows, 4D motion ride and more
    Times Square
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    Tyne & Wear
    NE1 4EP

  • Newcastle Sports Injury Clinic

    To support all Great North Run 2016 participants, we are pleased to be offering 20% off all of our core services including: Massage, Physiotherapy, Osteopathy, Podiatry and Chiropody until 30 September. This year we are extending our opening hours on Friday 9 – Saturday 10 September at our Newcastle City Centre Clinic. All runners will get 20% Discounted Massage and Physiotherapy appointments: • 30 Minute Sports Massage – only £20 • 30 Minute Physiotherapy - only £31 To secure your appointment call us on 0191 233 0 500 or email
    6 Saville Place
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    Tyne and Wear
    NE1 8DQ

  • Olivia's Cafe & Bakery

    10% off everything all weekend. Perfect for those runners living/staying to the north of the city
    Trinity Centre
    Gosforth High Street
    Newcastle Upon Tyne
    NE3 4AG

  • Souter Lighthouse

    Half price admission* to Souter Lighthouse in September (1 - 30 September 2016). Just show your race number or medal. *Applies on all gift aid admission categories.
    National Trust Souter Lighthouse
    Coast Road
    Tyne and Wear
    SR6 7NH

  • Tyneside Bar Cafe

    Carbo-load Specials available on Friday 9 & Saturday 10 September: just ask staff about the Great North Run offers and be ready to show your run number.
    10-12 Pilgrim Street
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    Tyne and Wear
    NE1 6QG

  • UpSide Down Presents

    Geordie themed gift shop on Newcastle's Quayside: a 13.1% discount valid throughout September 2016 for current runners and any previous medal owners (proof required)
    61 SIDE
    down Dean Street
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    Tyne and Wear
    NE1 3JE

  • Zapatista Burrito Bar

    The Greatest Half Marathon in the World! The Great North Run.Are you running, walking or even fancy dressing it? If you are here's a little treat! Simply show this years finishing medal to receive 25% off your bill @ and Good Luck Offer valid Sunday 11th and Monday 12th of September Not in conjunction with any other offer.
    28 Ridley Place
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    Tyne & Wear
    NE1 8JW