AJ Bell Great North Run

AJ Bell Great North Run

The Run

60,000 determined and dedicated runners make the AJ Bell Great North Run the World’s biggest and best half marathon.

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The AJ Bell Great North Run is the world’s biggest and best half marathon, with 60,000 runners taking on the route from Newcastle to South Shields each year.  It’s famous for its inclusive atmosphere, unbeatable on-route entertainment, and warm Geordie welcome, not to mention the millions raised each year for worthy causes. From the rush of the Red Arrows flying overhead to the oggy-oggy-oggy chants, Great North Run magic can be hard to understand – until you’ve experienced it for yourself.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re running to beat your personal best, to raise some cash for charity or simply for the pint at the end, you’re guaranteed a run like no other – and a finish line feeling you’ll never forget.


Event Timetable

Please note: timetable is subject to change. Your wave, assembly and start time with be confirmed on your run number sent out before the event.

Elite men and ORANGE wave start

Elite Men and MASSES waves start

Elite men and ORANGE wave start

Elite Men and MASSES waves start

Membership Information

AJ Bell Great North Run membership guarantees your place on the start line of the Great North Run for the next three years and entitles you to other benefits, including a technical training top. You can find more information on what is included in your membership below.

Please note: Memberships for 2024, 2025 & 2026 are now SOLD OUT.


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AJ Bell Great North Run

The Route

Take on the famous city to sea route, finishing in South Shields.

The Course

The AJ Bell Great North Run starts on the Central Motorway in Newcastle and finishes on The Leas in South Shields.

The start and assembly areas are located on the Central Motorway (See start map below). On the day, follow the signs to the assembly area which corresponds to the colour & letter on your run number. There will be a number of toilets at the start and finish to use on arrival and after your run. There will also be toilets on the course at each of the 6 drink stations along the route and 3 showers. Toilet facilities will be busy before and after the run, so allow plenty of time.

For information on facilites at the finish, including the charity village, see the full 2023 event guide here.

Route Map

Route Map

Road Closures

A167 Central Motorway
From 20:00 Until 18:30

Saturday 9th to Sunday 10th. A167 Central Motorway. Cowgate Roundabout/ Grandstand Rd Interchange to Great North Rd (B1318 Interchange).

A167 Central Motorway. Great North Road
From 08:45 Until 17:00

Sunday 10th. A167 Central Motorway. Closed from Great North Road Interchange (B1318) to Park Lane (A184).

From 09:00 Until 17:00

Sunday 10th. A184 PArk Lane/Felling Bypass to Whitemare Pool Interchange.

From 09:45 Until 16:00

Sunday 10th. A194(M) Whitemare Pool Interchange/Leam Lane to John Reid Rd Roundabout (A1300).

John Reid Rd (A1300)
From 09:45 Until 16:00

Sunday 10th. John Reid Rd (A1300) to Prince Edward Rd (A1300) to Redwell Lane/Coast Rd (A183) roundabout.

Coast Rd (A183)
From 08:00 Until 17:30

Sunday 10th. Coast Road (A183) closed from Redwell Lane to Mowbray Rd.

Bents Park Rd
From 02:45 Until 17:30

Sunday 10th. Bents Park Rd. Closed from Sea Way to Mowbray Rd.

Coast Road (A183)
From 14:00 Until 17:30

Sunday 10th. Coast Road (A183) closed from Marsden Rock to Redwell Lane (Northbound only).

AJ Bell Great North Run

The Reward

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

What You Get

By taking your place on the AJ Bell Great North Run start line, you’re already part of something really special. Obviously you’ll have bragging rights for the foreseeable, but you’ll also get…

2023 great north run t-shirt and medal
  • A huge round of applause as you cross the finish line
  • A shiny new, special edition AJ Bell Great North Run medal, an exclusive finishers t-shirt plus a finisher’s bag filled with goodies
  • Official event day photos available to view and purchase on event day, so smile for the cameras!
  • A FREE tracking app and your official result ready shortly after you cross the finish line
  • Access to exclusive discounts when you sign up to a Great Run event. You’ll receive an invitation to access the Great Run Rewards discount platform, powered by our friends at Endurance Zone, that features offers and discounts across a range of well-known running, sport, outdoor and lifestyle brands.

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.

Finish Line Offers

Make the most of our exclusive finisher rewards available from local businesses at the finish line in South Shields. Go on, you’ve earned it.

10% OFF

AJ Bell Great North Run 2023 finishers can receive 10% off their order at Up North Pizzeria on Race Day, Sunday 10 September. Just present…

Pie & a Pint £7

In the heart of South Shields just a stone's throw away from the metro and bus interchange. Grab a seat next to the window for…

10% OFF

Alum Ale House would like to offer a 10% discount across the AJ Bell Great North Run weekend for all runners.

10% OFF

All runners with a Finisher's Medal will receive 10% off food and drink at The Clifton Coffeeshop on AJ Bell Great North Run Day (Sunday…

10% OFF

AJ Bell Great North Run 2023 finishers can receive 10% off their food and drinks order at Sea Change on Race Day, Sunday 10 September.…

20% Off Carvery

The Hedworth Hall would like to offer all runners 20% off the price of a carvery following their amazing achievement of completing the 13.1 mile…

5% Discount

Annie's Guest House. 5% discount on accommodation when booked online on the website using discount code "runnersreward". Applies to all room types, rates and all…

25% Off Lessons

In at the deep end are offering 25% off for all new swimmers who book group classes before 30th Sept.

AJ Bell Great North Run

Run For Charity

Scroll down to take a look at the full list of Great North Run charities
The deadline to sign up for a 2023 charity place has now passed.

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Run for

Mind is delighted to be the official charity of the AJ Bell Great run series this year.
We’re Mind. We’re here to fight for mental health. We produce trusted information all about mental health problems. We support people through our helplines and online Side by Side community. We campaign with the government to get a better deal on mental health. And we speak out when something isn’t right, demanding mental health support respects our rights. There’s so much we do – and we couldn’t do it without you, so thank you.

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Join forces with the team that will get you to the finish line. We’re the only ones fighting over 200 cancer . Our life-saving work is funded entirely by the generosity of our supporters, so every step we make towards beating cancer relies on every pound, and every runner. One in two people now survive cancer. Together we’ve achieved so much, but we won’t stop until we’ve beaten it altogether. Join the team today and we will beat cancer.

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The Bobby Moore Fund was set up in memory legendary footballer Bobby Moore, who sadly died from bowel cancer aged just 51.To date the Bobby Moore Fund has raised over £20 million. The funds are spent on world class bowel cancer research carried out by leading scientists working across the UK. With your support, bowel cancer stands no chance. Let’s make Bobby proud and help beat it sooner. Join the Bobby Moore Fund team today.

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By 2025, there will be 1 million people in the UK living with dementia. Alzheimer’s Society are there for everyone living with dementia and their loves ones – wherever they are, whatever they’re going through. We campaign for change, fund life-changing research and give help and hope to those living with dementia. Join team Alzheimer’s Society today.

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We’re Blood Cancer UK, a community dedicated to beating blood cancer. We do this by funding research and supporting those affected. Since 1960, we’ve invested over £500 million in blood cancer research, transforming treatments and saving lives. Run with us at the Great North Run and every pound raised will help beat blood cancer, because the finish line’s in sight.

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We’re Breast Cancer Now, the charity that’s steered by world-class research and powered by life-changing care. We’re here for anyone affected by breast cancer, the whole way through, providing support for today and hope for the future. Join our team today and you can help us be there for anyone facing breast cancer.

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When you run for the BHF, you run to beat the world’s biggest killers. Conditions like heart diseases, stroke and vascular dementia. You run for the people you love. You run for mums, for dads, for brothers, for sisters, for friends, for loved ones. You run to fund research that helps to keep families together. One life saving breakthrough at a time.

Champions like you have helped get them this far – heart transplants, clot busting drugs, genetic testing and so much more. Join Team BHF and help fund our ground breaking science.

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Guide Dogs exists to provide life-changing services to the 360,000 people who are registered blind or partially sighted, and the two million people in the UK living with sight loss. 70% of adults receive no support within the first 12 months of diagnosis, and are likely to encounter poor education, high unemployment, depression, loneliness and financial insecurity throughout their lifetime. Our ambition is a future where every person with sight loss has the confidence and support they need to live their lives to the full.

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At Macmillan, we give people with cancer everything we’ve got. If you’re diagnosed, your worries are our worries. We will move mountains to help you live life as fully as you can. And we don’t stop there. We’re going all out to find ever better ways to help people with cancer, helping to bring forward the day when everyone gets life-transforming support from day one. We’re doing whatever it takes, but we couldn’t do what we do without you, thank you so much for your support.

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1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer. That’s one of our dads, brothers, grandads, partners, uncles or mates. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Run with us to help fund research into early diagnosis and better treatments and to build a future where the men we love can live long and live well.   By joining our team, you’ll be raising money to help fund lifesaving research and vital support services for men and their families affected by the disease.

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The Stroke Association are the UK’s leading charity dedicated to conquering stroke. We deliver stroke services across the UK, campaign for better stroke care, invest in research and fundraise to expand our reach to as many stroke survivors as possible. There are over 1.2 million stroke survivors in the UK with 100,000 strokes happening in the UK each year. That’s one stroke every five minutes. We believe in life after stroke and rely on your support to change lives and prevent stroke. With your support, together we can conquer stroke. and prevent stroke.

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St Oswald’s is a charitable hospice rooted in the North East of England. We provide outstanding, specialist and expert care to adults and children with life-limiting conditions. We strive to provide quality care for everyone.

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