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Distance 5K
Price £21 per entry
Location NewcastleGateshead
Date 09 September 2017
Age 14 years old and over

Simplyhealth Great North 5K

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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 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.

Event day information

The start and finish areas around the Simplyhealth Great North 5k will get busy so please make sure you leave plenty of time to get to your warm-up. Here are a couple of points to help you on event day:

  • Baggage buses will be situated in the car park behind the Guildhall, which will be open between 07:45 and 09:45.
  • The family reunion flags will be positioned along the Quayside near the finish area, these are arranged in alphabetical order, so we recommend standing by the letter that matches the start of your surname.
  • The information point is located outside of the Newcastle law courts (opposite the Millennium Bridge) in a Great Run  branded marquee.
  • Toilets are located underneath the Tyne Bridge and also on Broad Chare.
  • For more information on the layout of the event site, please click here >
  • The missing person's point and medical tent are also based outside the law courts.
Event day information


Please see below for the 2017 event day timetable:

Time Simplyhealth Great North 5k - Saturday 9 September
08:00 Information point opens outside the Law Courts (near the finish area)
08:30 Simplyhealth Great North 5k assembly opens
08:40 Simplyhealth Great North 5k warm-up
08:50 START of Simplyhealth Great North 5k (ORANGE WAVE)
08:55 START of Simplyhealth Great North 5k (WHITE WAVE)
09:00 START of Simplyhealth Great North 5k (GREEN WAVE)
09:30 Simplyhealth Great North Run Pasta Party opens
10:00 Simplyhealth Mini Great North Run starts
12:50 Simplyhealth Junior Great North Run starts

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

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



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