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Great North Run

The Great North Run welcomes the world!

The 2016 Great World Run campaign seeks to recruit one runner from every country in the United Nations – 193 in total – to take part in the iconic half marathon on Sunday 11 September.

The search has begun to find runners from the remaining countries, with people urged to get in touch if they know anyone who would qualify to take part.

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Ballot Check

If you would like to find out whether you were successful or unsuccessful in the 2016 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 11 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


Please see below for the 2016 event day timetable:

Time Great North Run - Sunday 11 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 GREAT NORTH RUN (Elite men and the masses)

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


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



How to get to the Great North Run...

Book your Great North Run travel, accommodation and event day transfers with our official travel partner, Nirvana Europe.

Nirvana Europe have over 15 years of experience in supporting Great North Run runners and spectators, offering a host of travel and accommodation options, allowing you to get the most out of your Great North Run experience.


Where to stay at the Great North Run...

Nirvana Europe offer the best available accommodation to meet the requirements of all Great North Run participants and supporters, ranging from the official Great North Run campsite to 4* city centre hotels. 

To book your accommodation, please click here >


Nirvana Europe offer an extensive coach transfer service from around the region, and on the day 'coach & run' transfers from various locations outside of the North East.

To book your accommodation, please click here >

You can also contact Nirvana Europe on 0191 257 1750 or email

Nirvana Europe


Getting to the Great North Run by car:

The start area is 13.1 miles away from the finish, so please decide carefully where you will park. Please note: no event parking is available at the start.

  1. Drive and park at the finish then catch a Metro/shuttle bus from the Leas or Bents Park Road to Haymarket Metro and the start. Parking is available on the seafront and in South Shields town centre. Parking charges will apply so bring some change.
  2. Park in one of the designated parking areas in Newcastle City Centre. 
  3. Beat the South Shields traffic and park at a Metro station and catch a Metro to Haymarket station. Parking all day at Kingston Park, Northumberland Park, Regent Centre, Bankfoot, Four Lane Ends, East Boldon, Fellgate and Callerton Parkway Stations is free on a Sunday. Heworth Station will have minimum costs for the day.
  4. Get dropped off at the start and collected from the finish. If you are being dropped off at the start we recommend you are dropped off near to Haymarket Metro station. If you have someone coming to collect you from the finish and you are being picked up on the Leas, please be aware that to speed up exit from the car parks there will be no entry after 14.00. 

For local travel information follow @NECATraffic on Twitter.

Please note: travel times and costs may change in the days leading up to the Great North Run. Check the travel websites for full details and read through your runner's guide, which will be sent to you later in the year.

By car


Getting to the Great North Run by bus:

The start is about a 15 minute walk from Haymarket bus station in Newcastle City Centre. There are also bus services going to nearby Eldon Square bus station and many on-street bus stops. Shuttle bus services will be running between the start at Newcastle and the finish at South Shields. 

Bus information can be found at: 

By bus


Getting to the Great North Run by Metro:

The start is about a 15-minute walk from Haymarket Metro Station in Newcastle City Centre. South Shields Metro station is about a 15 minute walk from the finish line. Trains will be very busy due to the high volume of people travelling, so please expect a significant wait on the way home.

All-day parking at Kingston Park, Northumberland Park, Regent Centre, Bankfoot, Four Lane Ends, East Boldon, Fellgate and Callerton Parkway Stations is free on Sundays. Heworth Station will have a minimal cost for the day.

Visit or call 0191 20 20 747 for more information.

By metro


Getting to and from the finish of the Great North Run by ferry:

The Shields Ferry connects North Shields and the finish line in South Shields. Extra crossings will start at 08:45, running until 18:00. Shuttle buses connect North Shields Metro Station and the ferry landing.

Visit or call 0191 20 20 747 for more information.

Please note: times may change in the run-up to the event.

By ferry


See below for information on where to stay during the Great North Run:

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

With accommodation ranging from £29 per person, Nirvana Europe offer accommodation to suit all budgets!

For further information and costs, please click here > then press the orange 'book online' button.

EVENT TRANSFER SERVICES - including brand new locations for 2016!

With over 30 event transfer hub sites around the North East, Nirvana Europe can alleviate the stress of driving on the day of the event, and worrying about finding a parking space.

Available for both runners and spectators, the event transfer service can be booked on a stand alone basis, or packaged with a hotel reservation.

For further information and service costs, please click here >


The product provides the perfect solution for those who live a little further away, and need a couple of days to travel to and from the North East, whilst completing the world's greatest half marathon.

For further information and service costs, please click here >

Worried you might get injured or become ill, prior to the Great North Run?  Concerned you will lose hard earned money and not make the start line?

As part of Nirvana Europe’s extensive services, they can provide you with cancellation insurance to cover injury or illness, and ensure you are not out of pocket. 

For further information and policy costs, please click here >

Nirvana Europe contact details: 

Telephone: 0191 257 1750 - Great North Run travel and accommodation helpline
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Office opening hours: 09.00 - 17.00 (Monday - Friday)



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

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 >

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