Eddie Howe Announced as Official Starter of the AJ Bell Great North Run

Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe has been named as the official starter of the AJ Bell Great North Run.

Under Howe’s stewardship the club has enjoyed a meteoric rise up the table, qualifying for the Champions League for the first time in twenty years.

Sir Brendan Foster, founder of the Great North Run, said, “We’re delighted Eddie will be joining us on the iconic starter’s platform on Sunday, to set 60,000 runners on their way at the 42nd AJ Bell Great North Run.

“He joins a long list of North East heroes who have performed official starting duties including; Sting, Ant and Dec and Jill Scott

“Eddie will also be the first Newcastle Manager to start the Great North Run since Sir Bobby Robson, who was also the last manager to take the team to the Champions League!

“Newcastle has always been a proud sporting city and it’s great to see Newcastle United thrive on a national and international stage.

“We’re sure there will be a huge number of Newcastle fans who will be delighted to get the opportunity to say thank you to Eddie in person.

The AJ Bell Great North Run will take place on Sunday 10 September for the world’s biggest half marathon. The iconic course starts in Newcastle city centre and finishes 13.1 miles later in the coastal town of South Shields. Many runners will be taking part to support worthy causes, raising an estimated £25 million pounds for charity.

The event will be shown live on BBC One between 10:00 – 14:00.