Every runner has a story, it’s time to start yours. Enter the Simplyhealth Great North 10k at: Greatrun.org/North10k

If you’re feeling inspired to set yourself a new goal then the Simplyhealth Great North 10k Gateshead is the perfect way to get your summer running fix.

Now in its 10th year, the event features 5,000 runners who share the satisfaction of completing a 10k challenge on Sunday 8 July.

Here’s a quick run through of what to look out for on the 10k course:

1) A Tour of the Tyne

As you head along the NewcastleGateshead Quayside, you’ll be greeted by some of the region’s most iconic landmarks such as the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Sage Gateshead and the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.

This out-and-back section of the course is known for its buzzing atmosphere, with runners filling both sides of South Shore Road – be prepared to offer your fellow participants a high five!

As one of the 5,000 runners taking on the Simplyhealth Great North 10k, you’ll also pass under the Tyne Bridge twice before you head back along the Quayside towards the finish line.

2) Your Own Cheer Squad

The Simplyhealth Great North 10k course will provide plenty of atmosphere with bands on the run including feel-good music from the Sunshine Panners and the North Tyneside Steel Band.

The half-way turnaround point will also be marked by a Metro Radio music station to keep spirits high when at the furthest point of the course.

3) The Hill

It’s the part of the Simplyhealth Great North 10k course that every runner loves to hate. The infamous 9km hill just off the Quayside, known as ‘Slog on the Tyne’ is the final challenge that participants face before completing the event.

Check out Great Run’s tips for conquering the hill here.

4) The Stadium Finish

No matter how you run or how fast you go, you can’t beat that finish line feeling as you head back along the quayside and enter the famous Gateshead International Stadium to cross the line.

The sight of friends and family in the stands cheering you as you run around the track is sure to spur you on through the final metres of your 10k.

5) The Post-event Party

A ten-year celebration isn’t complete without a post-event party. Once you’ve collected your well-earned medal, finisher’s T-shirt and finisher’s bag, be sure to visit the event village for a satisfying pitstop.

The event village will be packed full of local food outlets including:

There’ll also be activation zones to help you with your post-run recovery from our event sponsors including Simplyhealth, Pure Gym and Nandos.

Enter the Simplyhealth Great North 10k at: Greatrun.org/North10k