AJ Bell Junior & Mini Great North Run

Mini Entry (3-8yrs) £23.50 Junior Entry (9-16yrs) £23.50
Start 8:45 am

It’s the biggest kids’ running event in Britain – and for good reason. Sign up your Minis (3-8 yrs) for a 1.2km dash and your Juniors for a 4km (9-16 yrs) sprint and inspire them with a taste of the atmosphere and community spirit that characterises the world’s biggest half marathon. With an iconic riverside route, a supercharged atmosphere and Jelly Babies aplenty, it’s an unforgettable experience. Come on, Minis and Juniors: we’re waiting to high-five you on the finish line!

Mini runners (age 3 – 8) must be accompanied by an adult around the 1.2km course. Junior runners (age 9-16) have the option of running by themselves or with a Parent/Guardian around the 4km course. Accompanying adults who are running are required to wear the specific accompanying adult bib, which is attached to the child’s run number.

2023 Super Saturday

Event Timetable: 7 September 2024

Please note: this is a provisional timetable and is subject to change.

Junior waves start
Mini waves start

It's Fun to Run

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This year’s theme was Super Saturday, and what a Super Saturday it was! Read about some of the amazing superstars who took part in the 2023 AJ Bell Junior Great North Run.


4-year-old Ernie Mclean is raising money for Calmer Therapy

4-year-old Ernie, who was born with a brain injury, will run this year's AJ Bell Mini GNR for Calmer Therapy.

Penny aims for more success in AJ Bell Junior Wheelchair Race

9-year-old Penny Turner aims for success and hopes to raise more money for Evening Chronicles Sunshine Fund.

Sisters enter AJ Bell Mini Great North Run for Heel and Toe

Catherine and Emma Robinson are fundraising for local children's charity, Heel and Toe.

9-year-old Jacob has raised over £5,000 for local charities

Jacob Hopper raised over £5,000 for community charities by completing running challenges.

Bailey runs for self-created charity initiative 'Bailey's Bears'

8-year-old Bailey runs for 'Bailey's Bears', his charity providing bears to support children through cancer.

Six-year-old Eleanore Guthrie won't let anything stop her

Eleanore was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2021 but has carried on running.

Siz-year-old Layla Dudding is boosting cardiac care awareness

Layla suffers from a serious heart condition and is raising funds for the Red Sky Foundation.

Mini 50

The Mini 50 is a 50m course for children (3-16 yrs) who wouldn’t ordinarily be able to participate in the Junior and Mini age group events, due to their specific needs. Starting 50 metres from the finish-line, towards the millennium bridge, the course is flat and includes all the infrastructure of the Mini and Junior event. All participants will receive a run number and t shirt in the post before the event and a medal at the finish line on event day.  2024 Mini50 entries are not currently open.

Wheelchair Access

The course is suitable for wheelchair users and we will have a dedicated wheelchair start on the 1.5K course. Participants in a self-propelled wheelchair will be automatically allocated to this wave, other wheelchair participants have the option to go into this wave, or take part in the age specific mass waves. The route will involve going over the Millennium Bridge, involving an adverse camber, so those choosing to participate may want to do so accompanied by an adult support runner – all participants should take special care on sections that might be tricky at high speed.

The Course


Please note: Course may be subject to change.

All runners will start by crossing the Swing Bridge. Junior runners will then do an out and back section towards the Redheugh Bridge, before re-joining the Mini route that heads along the Gateshead Quayside, past the Sage Gateshead and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. All participants will then run across the Millennium Bridge before their big finish on the Newcastle Quayside, near the Law Courts.

What You Get

In addition to lots of high fives and cheering supporters, runners will be awarded with:

  • Finisher’s bag
  • Well-deserved AJ BellJunior & Mini Great North Run medal
  • Security of closed roads
  • Official event photos available to purchase
  • Being a part of the biggest and best kids running events!

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