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Morrisons Great North Run

Live on BBC

The Great North Run will be broadcast live on BBC One, 09.30 - 13.30, with the highlights programme showing on Sunday 13 September on BBC Two, 18.00 - 19.00. The Great North CityGames will be live on BBC One on Saturday 12 September, 14.00 - 16.00.  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. In 2014 the event made history as it became the first International Association of Athletics Federations event in the world to welcome its millionth finisher. Previous runners include some of the most famous names in distance running; Mo Farah, Paula Radcliffe and Haile Gebrselassie. If you need to withdraw your 2015 place to next year please click here >



Please see below for the 2015 event day timetable:

Time Morrisons Great North Run - Sunday 13 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 Morrisons Great North Run warm up
10:30 Assembly area closes
10:40 Elite men and Morrisons Great North Run start

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

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. Elite entries will close approximately 2 weeks before the event.

Prize Structure


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 Morrisons Great North Run offers:

  • French Oven

    get £10 worth of lunch for just £6, OR lunch meal deal of 1 drink, 1 cake, 1 savoury, 1 sandwich for £4
    Unit 27 Grainger Arcade
    Grainger Market
    Newcastle Upon Tyne
    Tyne and Wear
    NE1 5QF

  • McDonalds

    Porridge or a bagel plus a regular hot drink for 99p on the day of the Morrisons Great North Run. Offer period 7th to 13th September.
    64-68 Northumberland Street
    Newcastle Upon Tyne
    Tyne and Wear
    NE1 7DF

  • Ocean Beach Pleasure Park

    £25 worth of ride tickets for only £15 (50 Ride Tickets in total). Valid 17/8/15 to 20/9/15
    Sea Road
    South Shields
    Tyne and Wear
    NE33 2LD

  • The Eye On The Tyne

    Large Coffee & Slice of Cake for £2.99
    11-17 Broad Chare
    NE1 3DQ

  • Tiger Tiger

    50% off all food and drink - must be pre booked, call 0191 2357065 to book
    The Gate
    Newgate Street
    Newcastle Upon Tyne
    Tyne & Wear

  • Life Science Centre

    One free child admission (to the Science Centre only) with every full paying adult (excludes concessions). Valid for September 2015 only.
    Times Square
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    Tyne and Wear
    NE1 4EP

  • NewcastleGateshead City Sightseeing

    See all the main sights of this fantastic city from an open top bus. Hop on-hop off at 17 bus stops or do the complete tour in about an hour. Main bus stop at Central Station. £2 off an adult ticket (full price £8) for GNR runners on Saturday 12 September 2015. (No service on GNR day 13 Sep.)
    Stagecoach North East
    Tyne and Wear
    SR5 1AQ

  • Quasar South Shields

    60 minute game for the price of a 30 minute game. Valid 17/8/15 to 20/9/15
    Sea Road
    South Shields
    Tyne and Wear
    NE33 2LD

  • The Yesterday Society Vintage Boutique

    25% off everything in store for Great North Runners one week before and one week following the event.
    Unit 9 Alley 1
    The Grainger Market
    Tyne and Wear
    NE1 5QG