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Barilla Pasta Party

SATURDAY 9 SEPTEMBER 2017 - Open from 09:30 until 17:30

Everyone involved in the Simplyhealth Great North Run weekend is invited to claim their free bowl of pasta and enjoy the party atmosphere. You can find your voucher at the bottom of your run number.

As we prepare to put the ‘party’ back into pasta for another year, we’ll be celebrating all things Great Run with our commercial partners and charities; providing visitors with the opportunity to get involved in sport and find out about ways to lead a healthier and fitter lifestyle.

Of course, essential pasta fuel will be readily available in large helpings!


There are lots of fun things to do on the day including interactive activities for kids and adults. With a festival-style food market, with 19 food concessions from around the world with everything from artisan burgers to katsu curry, hog roasts to Indian Street food; you'll feel fully fuelled ahead of the big day. As well as refreshments from Wylam Brewery & The Fizzy Tap prosecco bar.

With entertainment on the Barilla Pasta Party stage hosted by Metro Radio, you can enjoy:

  • Interviews with Great North CityGames and Simplyhealth Great North Run elite athletes and the celebrities including chef Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall
  • Music from the Four Worried Men and Royal Fusilliers
  • Activity demonstrations from - Gymtopia, Zumba, Football skills, Dance troops and Theatre school performances

Exhibitors include:

  • Randstad Williams Martini Racing Car 
  • Duracell
  • Clf Bar
  • Pure Gym
  • The Queen’s Own Yeomanry/Royal Fusiliers/Coldstream Guards - Recruitment unit/Climbing wall/Assault course/Fire arms display
  • Start Fitness
  • Revitalise Charity
  • Parkinson UK
  • Macmillan Cancer
  • Bloodwise
  • MC Society
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Royal Navy Reserves/HMS Calliope 
  • Scimitar Sports
  • The Flying Runner
  • Marathon Valencia
  • Tyne & Wear Metro/Nexus
  • Event Clip
  • Body Lite Gear
  • National Trust
  • GoGateshead
  • Run Together/England Athletics/Great Run Local
  • Newcastle Sports Injury Clinic
  • Great Exhibition of the North
  • Northumbrian Water
  • Northumbria Blood Bikes
  • Branston - Roadshow unit with sampling
  • O2/England Touch Rugby
  • Durham County Cricket Club
  • British Equestrian Association
  • Fast Feet Football Academy

Our Barilla Pasta Party Wall of Support will be returning in 2017, so why not come along and leave a message for our runners on the day. 

The location also provides a spectacular view of world-class track and field action! The Great North CityGames is free to spectate so you can get up close to some of the world’s best sports men and women on our purpose-built athletics arena.

Just pop along on the day, bring your friends and family along, and enjoy the entertainment and performances from world-class athletes competing in a number of events, including the 150m sprint, 100m hurdles, pole vault and long jump.

The events are open to everyone, we hope to see you there.