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Great North 5K

This 5k run is the perfect way to kick off one of the biggest sporting weekends in the North East's calendar.

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.

Whether you are aiming for a personal best, or just want to enjoy the atmosphere, the 5km event will set you up for the day, still giving you plenty of time to enjoy the Junior & Mini Great North Run events, the Puma Great North CityGames, the Pasta Party, and of course concluding the weekend, the world’s leading half marathon, the Great North Run.

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.

Course Map


Please see below for the 2016 event day timetable:

Time Great North 5k - Saturday 10 September
08:30 Great North 5k assembly opens
08:40 Great North 5k warm up
08:50 START of Great North 5k
09:30 Great North Run Pasta Party opens
10:00 Mini Great North Run starts
12:50 Junior Great North Run starts

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