2022 set to be biggest ever Junior and Mini Great North Run

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This year’s Junior and Mini Great North Run is set to be the biggest yet.

9,250 young people aged between 3 and 15 will take part in the event on Saturday 10 September, the day before the Great North Run.

Paul Foster, Chief Executive of The Great Run Company says, “We are so pleased by the incredible support we’ve seen for the Junior and Mini Great North Run this year.

“The Great North Run celebrated it’s 40th year in 2021, but this year we’re very much focused on the first steps towards the 50th and that starts with the young people we’ll see on the Quayside in September.

“We know these events can inspire a lifelong love of running and staying active and we hope that we will be able to support and celebrate these young people and their families for years to come.”

Runner’s and their families and friends can expect some changes to the event, including an exciting and jam-packed charity and entertainment village with food and refreshment stands and plenty of kids activities, ranging from Bitesize Bootcamp sessions to rugby and basketball.

Making their first ever appearance at a Great Run event, the brand new mascot, Tyney the Tortoise, will also be out and about, supporting and cheering on kids at the start line and throughout the race.

The Junior and Mini Great North Run welcomes budding athletes of all abilities to race along the Newcastle Gateshead Quayside. Mini entrants (3-8 years) will take on the 1.5k route, which crosses the iconic River Tyne over the Swing Bridge, before passing famous landmarks like the Sage Gateshead and the Baltic. Junior entrants (9-15 years) will take on a 4k run around a similar route, taking in the sights of the Quayside.

The event is part of a spectacular weekend of sport in Newcastle, taking place in between the Great North 5K on Friday 9 September and the Great North Run on Sunday 11 September.

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