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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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Look out for the Marathon Photos team of photographers who will be out on the course, and at the finish, to capture those amazing moments of your half marathon. Click here to see the map, which lists the locations of the remember to give them a big smile!

In the days following the Great North Run your photos and video will become available to view and purchase online and we will email you as soon as they are ready.  

Good luck and have a great day!



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

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



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
Social: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
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

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:

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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, Newcastle Sports Injury Clinic is pleased to offer 20% off our Running Clinic sessions for Great North Runners
    6 Saville Place
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    Tyne and Wear
    NE1 8DQ

  • 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

  • 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