Great North 5k
The Great North 5k is the curtain-raiser event for the North East’s biggest weekend of sport: the Great North Run. It’s a fun, fast, flat 5k dash around Newcastle and Gateshead’s vibrant Quayside and, like all Great Runs, it’s packed with phenomenal local support and entertainment. As well as iconic Tyneside views, an electric atmosphere and an incredible feeling of achievement, runners will also find a medal and an exclusive finisher t-shirt at the finish line. It’s Friday night: go forth and celebrate!
Great North 5k entries are open to runners aged 14+ (5k) on the day of the event.
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Entry price Includes booking fee (£2 per entry).
Great North 5k event packs can be collected on race day – full details will be included in the pre-event day event information. If you would like your event pack mailed to you in advance there is an additional £2.00 charge payable on entry. Simply select this option on the entry form.
Please note: this is a provisional timetable and is subject to change.
Great North 5k
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Starting on the Newcastle side, runners cross the Swing Bridge and along the river in Gateshead before heading back across the Millennium Bridge to finish on the Newcastle side.The course is new and improved in 2022. The route along Pipewell Gate had been reduced, and instead a new section has been added after crossing the Millennium Bridge. This new addition takes runners east on an out and back route past the Pitcher and Piano restaurant, before heading back towards the Tyne Bridge and the finish line.
Route may be subject to change.
What You Get
By taking your place on the start line, you’re already part of something really special. Great Run events are renowned for being well-organised, safe, and inclusive and the atmosphere and support is always unbelievable. Obviously you’ll have bragging rights for the foreseeable, but you’ll also get…
- A huge round of applause as you cross the finish line
- A shiny new, special edition Great North 5k medal, an exclusive (optional) finishers t-shirt plus a finisher’s bag filled with goodies
- Official event day photos available to view and purchase a couple of days after the event, so smile for the cameras!
- Your official result ready shortly after you cross the finish line
- Runners Rewards – access to special offers for participants, from our partners and sponsors as a well done.
We have made the decision to introduce optional finisher tees to our Great Run events for 2023. You can choose to forgo you finisher tee shirt at the point of entry, and in lieu of this we will make a donation to the National Trust Woodlands Appeal. Find out more here.
We will donate a portion of the fulfilment costs for each runner who chooses this option to the fund and commit that this donation to be a minimum of £20,000 in 2023.