Great North 5k

The Run

Want to be a part of the biggest weekend of sport in the North East? Soak up the atmosphere and join us for a fun and fast 5k on the Great North Run weekend.

Event Info

Help us mark the start of an incredible weekend of running at the Great North 5k on the Newcastle Gateshead Quayside. Whether you’re not a fan of the half marathon distance or you want to jog round and loosen the legs for the big day, there is no better way to start the Great North Run weekend.

Run For
Charity

If you are looking to run to raise money for a charity close to your heart or help to support a good cause there are hundreds of charity running places available to choose from. You may be able to secure a charity entry by agreeing to raise sponsorship money.


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What Our
Runners Say

Received amazing support throughout my training from Great Run.
Perfect event! Locals along the route are amazing!
Really well organised, so slick and great atmosphere despite weather!
I truly believe it's all about believing in yourself. My only regret is I didn't do this event years ago.
The Family Run was the perfect opportunity for Ellie and her little brother to get involved. And have some fun while they raised money for a good cause.
Jenny Payne
So amazing - it makes me feel emotional thinking about how good the event was.
Best in the world. This event cannot get better.
The route was great, it was filled with supporters and the atmosphere was amazing!
They come out and give their support 100%
Everything about the event is great and getting even better each year...
First class all round. Cannot fault.
It was amazing to be a part of an event with so many others raising money for charity. The setting and atmosphere is always great!

Prepare for your run

Fall In Love With Running

You might already be completely in love with running (like we are here at Great Run) or maybe you like to run but you wouldn’t say you’re in love with it just yet. Find out why we think everyone should fall in love with running Read More.

Fit To Compete

Check out our tips for a comfortable, enjoyable run. Read More.

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Running In The Dark

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The Route

The Great North 5k is a fast, flat course with scenic views across both Newcastle and Gateshead.

The Course

Please note course may be subject to change.

The Course

The Reward

The greatest reward in taking part is the sense of achievement as you cross the finish line, but 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.

What You
Get

BEFORE THE EVENT

We’re here to help you be your greatest, so before the big day you’ll get…

  • Your personal run pack sent to you in the post, with your run number and timing chip
  • Access to training plans to keep you on track
  • Exclusive offers and competitions from our partners and sponsors
  • Support and advice all the way up to event day
  • Regular emails keeping you motivated and moving
  • A huge supportive and inclusive social community on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to help you on your running journey

ON EVENT DAY

Other than all the good vibes, fitness and mental health benefits you’ll also get…

  • Access to the free Great Run app to allow your loved ones to track your progress along the route as well as access to all event information
  • Access to the Great Run information point for any last minute queries (or safety pins)
  • Closed roads offering a safe running environment
  • Food and drink options to refuel
  • A shiny new medal, an exclusive finishers t-shirt plus a finisher’s bag filled with goodies
  • Plenty of medical support all around our routes should you ever need any assistance
  • A huge round of applause as you cross the finish

AFTER THE EVENT

Obviously you’ll have bragging rights for the foreseeable, but you’ll also get…

  • 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.

Make It Personal

If you’d like a special memento from the day, why not purchase your very own iTAB to attach to your Great North 5k medal ribbon? You can personalise your iTAB with your name, finishing time, and even a special message.
Just £7.99 including postage and packing.

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