AJ Bell Junior & Mini Great North Run
High Fives All Around!
Well done to all junior and mini runners this year – you were amazing! We hope you had a fantastic day and are wearing your well-earned medal with pride. The AJ Bell Junior and Mini Great North Run is back on Saturday 9 September 2023. Sign up to our reminder service and be the first to know when entries open.
Mini runners (age 3 – 8) must be accompanied by an adult around the 1.5km course. Junior runners (age 9-16) have the option of running by themselves or with a Parent/Guardian around the 4km course.
If you have queries about our Junior and Mini events, please see our FAQ section here.
Tyney has arrived...
Tyney the Tortoise, our official Great Run mascot, made their debut at this year’s event. Tyney had an amazing time meeting, and high-fiving, junior and mini runners! Stay connected on our socials to keep up to date with Tyney’s adventures. A true Geordie at heart, Tyney takes inspiration from the iconic Newcastle Tyne Bridge. A symbol of perseverance, strength and leading a happy and healthy lifestyle, Tyney is the friend that everyone needs. You can read some of Tyney’s top running tips here.
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 Mini 50 is a 50m short course for children who wouldn’t ordinarily be able to participate in the age group events, due to their specific needs. You can find more information here.
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.
Please note: Route may be subject to change.
To ensure accompanying adults and children are reunited easily and quickly we have a number of exit gates after the finish line signposted by large signed letters at each one. Please ensure that both the child and the adult meet, and exit, at the letter that corresponds to the letter that is printed on their run number.
What You Get
In addition to lots of high fives and cheering supporters, runners will be awarded with:
- Finisher’s bag
- Well-deserved Junior & 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.