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Distance 5K
Price £22
Location NewcastleGateshead
Date 08 September 2018
Age 14 years old and over

Simplyhealth Great North 5K

Entries for the 2018 Simplyhealth Great North 5k are now open, sign up now to relive the glory of 2017.

Click here to view your 2017 results.

Runners start on the Newcastle side of the River Tyne and follow a scenic route over two of the Quayside’s 7 bridges; the Swing Bridge and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. 

Make a day of it and soak up the atmosphere from the 5k, Junior and Mini events, the Barilla Pasta Party and the Great North CityGames.


The Course

This 5km course has the added bonus of giving runners views of the scenic NewcastleGateshead Quayside from both sides of the river. Runners start on the Newcastle side of the river and cross over the Swing Bridge, and then loop to the west before heading back down to pass the Sage on the Gateshead side.

The last kilometre gives runners the chance to run over the Gateshead Millennium Bridge before the final straight back on the Newcastle side.

Please note: the course may be subject to change.

Great Run Local

Need that little extra help with your training, or somewhere to continue your running experience? Join friendly runners and volunteers at our free, weekly 2k and 5k events and become part of a happier, healthier, growing community!

With your own personal Great Run Local wristband, you can track your progression through our unique mobile phone app, whilst meeting new people and interacting with others as you run! From children in pushchairs to our oldest runner at 88 years young, we encourage all abilities and ages to continue running with us all year round!


GRL Gibside: Every Sunday, 9:15am
Gibside National Trust, Near Rowlands Gill, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE16 6BG

GRL Sunderland: Every Sunday, 9:30am
Mowbray Park, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, SR1 1PP

We are always looking to increase local running opportunities. If you know of any potential venues that could make great running locations and are interested in getting a weekly event off the ground, please contact us at


Great Run Local

Newcastle Can

We’re really excited to welcome the Newcastle Can campaign to the Simplyhealth Great North 5k 2017.

We’re teaming up with Newcastle Can to invite runners of all abilities who have been inspired by the campaign to get the city active to join us at the event on Saturday 9 September.

We’re creating a special start just for Newcastle Can runners. If you sign up to take part in the Newcastle Can wave, we’ll issue you with a special Newcastle Can race number and you’ll be able to run with celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall!

So if you’re new to running and ready to set yourself a goal – sign up for this year’s Simplyhealth Great North 5K Newcastle Can wave and join a fun event that will give you a great reason to keep on running, jogging or walking this autumn.

To get involved simply tick the box on the entry form to let us know you want to be part of the Newcastle Can wave.

If you have already entered and would like to run in this wave you will need to email and indicate you'd like to be included.

Join the Newcastle Can wave

Newcastle Can is a groundbreaking new campaign to encourage the people of Newcastle to see if they can lose a staggering 100,000lbs in one year.

Launched by celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, who is working in close partnership with Newcastle City Council.

He is encouraging people to make changes to their diet, get involved in exercise like the Simplyhealth Great North 5k, and as a city, commit to losing 100,000lbs in a year.

Whether you want to shed a few pounds or live a more active life, head to the Newcastle Can website to join the challenge and pledge to lose the pounds!

About Newcastle Can

Good Luck from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

"On Saturday 9 of September I'm going to be running, jogging, walking or potentially crawling my way around the Simplyhealth Great North 5k.

"It's the perfect way for beginners like me to be a part of the biggest weekend of sport in the North East. I'm doing it as part of my Newcastle Can campaign, which is a campaign to get the city fitter, healthier and lose weight.

"I want Newcastle to show the rest of the UK how it is done and what better way to get involved than in the Simplyhealth Great North 5k!

"I'll be providing recipes and updating you with my running progress. We can prepare together and have fun along the way!

"Good luck everyone and see you on the Quayside!"

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall