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Junior and Mini Great North Run

Every year 6,000 young runners pound the pavements at the UK’s biggest and most popular children’s running event on the NewcastleGateshead Quayside. Budding athletes, school friends and families will run across the famous Great North CityGames track as part of their 1.5km and 4km courses, for ages 3-8 and 9-16 years respectively.

All Junior and Mini runners will receive their very own running t-shirt, a goodie-filled finisher’s pack and that all-important medal.

The Course

The Junior and Mini courses both start on the Newcastle side of the River and take the young runners across to Gateshead via the Swing Bridge.

The Juniors have a slightly extended version that loops along the river, but both the Juniors and the Minis will cross back across the Gateshead Millennium Bridge towards the finish line on the Newcastle side.

Course Map

Go Run For Fun

The Great Mini Run is proud to be part of the GO Run For Fun (GRFF) campaign, sponsored by INEOS, which inspires children to be more active through well-organised short distance running events.

Since the campaign began in 2013 GRFF has seen over 85,000 children take part in the short distance running events organised as part of the campaign. GRFF also try to educate, excite and engage with children through their schools and are working towards educating our younger generation about how important it is to have a healthy lifestyle. Recently launching Dart TV on their website, this includes 12 funny and educational videos of the mascot Dart teaching children about topics such as hydration, nutrition and team work.

The GRFF team travel all over the UK to host these events. Whether it is a school, athletics club or local park they are all FREE and open to ages between 5-11 years old. In 2015 the campaign has hosted the second year of their International Tour visiting Germany, Switzerland and Belgium and have also introduced France to the mix. The team went global in March reaching as far as Houston, Texas. 


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How to enter

Make it a Great day out for all the family in Newcastle and Gateshead

4K Junior

Price: £17 per entry (inc VAT of £2.83)
Be part of a great day of sport at the Morrisons Junior Great North Run (9-16 years). Please note: Junior runners must not be accompanied by an adult unless there is a special requirement that necessitates adult accompaniment.


1.5K Mini

Price: £16 per entry (inc VAT of £2.67)
Be part of a great day of sport at the Morrisons Mini Great North Run (3-8 years).