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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.

This 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.

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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 XXXX 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: www.newcastlegateshead.com.

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Elites

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

DistanceMenWomen
10km31.0036.00
10 mile51.0060.00
Half M69.0080.00
Marathon2.24.002.45.00

Elite Wheelchair entry criteria:

DistanceTime
10km45.00
Half M1.25.00
Marathon3.00.00

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

OVERALLBRITISH ONLY
 MenWomen MenWomen
1$800.00$800.001$2000.00$2000.00
2$500.00$500.002$1500.00$1500.00
3$300.00$300.003$1000.00$1000.00
   4$750.00$750.00
   5$500.00$500.00
WHEELCHAIRS
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 andrew.nixon@nova-international.com 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