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Great North Run

Entry deadline extended!

We’re sorry to let you know that we have been experiencing problems with our payment provider. We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.

Due to these circumstances we have extended the deadline on priority entry and membership for the 2016 Great North Run until midnight on Friday 5 February. 

Membership information

The deadline has been extended!

You must redeem your 2016 Great North Run place by midnight on Friday 5 February!

Great North Run

  • ​When: Sunday 11 September, 10.40 start
  • Distance: half marathon (13.1 miles)
  • Where: Starts in Newcastle upon Tyne, finishes in South Shields

Redeem your place now!


Your 2016 place in the Great North Run will not be confirmed until payment is received, so please do not forget to register your place now if you wish to take part this year.

If your place is not redeemed before midnight on Friday 5 February it will be allocated to applicants from the general entry ballot.

2016 entry fee:

£44.17 per entry + £8.83 VAT
Total £53.00

To enter you must use your username and password then follow the online instructions. You must log in with the same username and password you created when entering the Great North Run previously.

Current members

The deadline has been extended!

If you'd like to become a Great North Run member, you must do so by Friday 5 February!

You must be a 2015 Great North Run finisher, or your membership must have expired after the 2015 event, in order to take up membership for 2016, 2017 and 2018.

To become a member, or to renew your membership, you must log in to Great Run using the same username and password you originally signed up with. If you have any queries about this you can contact our customer services team. If you cannot remember your password you can use the 'password reset' option.

Become a member now

Prices and entry information

Great North Run three year membership:
£41.67 per membership + £8.33 VAT
Total £50.00

Great North Run 2016 entry fee:
£44.17 per entry + £8.83 VAT
Total £53.00

Three year membership plus the 2016 entry fee total cost is £103.00 (including VAT)

PLEASE NOTE: entry fee payment is required for each year, in addition to the initial membership fee.​

Benefits of becoming a member...

  • By-pass the entry ballot each year and guarantee your place in the Great North Run in 2016, 2017 and 2018​.
  • Receive priority entry each year - we'll send you an email to remind you when to register for your place.
  • You'll also receive your very own exclusive 'Great North Run Member' technical t-shirt, perfect for your training runs!
Become a member

Important ballot information

  • The Great North Run general entry ballot will close at midday on Monday 8 February, after which, places will be randomly drawn and allocated.
  • After clicking 'enter' you will be taken to the full entry stream for the Great North Run general entry ballot.
  • The entry form will request your payment details but no payment will be taken from your account unless you are successful in the general entry ballot.
  • All successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified by email on or before Thursday 11 February.
  • If you entered The Sun exclusive entry ballot you will be notified by email on Tuesday 12 February. If you are unsuccessful you will AUTOMATICALLY be entered into the general entry ballot and don't need to re-enter.
Important ballot information

The Course

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.

Click here to view a larger version of the 2015 course map.

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


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