AJ Bell Junior & Mini Great North Run

Start 8:45 am

The AJ Bell Junior and Mini Great North Run has now SOLD OUT!

Over 10,500 children are signed up to take part, making 2024 the biggest staging of the event yet and we can’t wait to see you all on the start line. With fancy dress, fundraising, and a fun-filled event village, this year’s event is shaping up to be better than ever before. The 2024 theme is ‘Finding Your Superpower’ so don’t forget to get your fancy dress prepared and we’ll see you in September. If you missed out this year, sign up to our 2025 reminder below to be notified when entries open.

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.

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Event Timetable: 7 September 2024

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

Mini Pink Wave
Mini Orange Wave
Mini Green Wave
Mini Blue Wave
Mini Yellow Wave
Mini Red Wave
Mini Purple Wave
Mini50 Wave
Wheelchair Wave
Junior Girls (9-10 yrs)
Junior Boys (9-10 yrs)
Junior Girls (11-12 yrs)
Junior Boys (11-12 yrs)
Junior Boys (15-16 yrs)
Junior Girls (15-16 yrs)
Junior Boys (13-14 yrs)
Junior Girls (13-14 yrs)

Mini 50

50 Metres | (3-16 years)

We’re delighted to welcome the Mini 50 back on Saturday 7 September 2024.

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.

The event will take place on the Newcastle side of the Quayside, 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.

If you have any queries about the event please email mini50@greatrun.org.

  • My child will be taking part with the assistance of 1/2/3/4 people.

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.

It's Fun to Run

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Brilliant. Such an opportunity for children to get involved in running and enjoy a sport all together.
Lovely memories made by completing this event and running with my child, both of us enjoyed it.
A gorgeous event to be a part of for the whole family. Loved it all!
The atmosphere was amazing and the volunteers were really enthusiastic and helpful.
Both my kids did the event and they loved it. So well organised and super atmosphere.
The BEST run ever! Family affair this time with my sone taking part too, PB's for both of us!

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!

Charity Places

There are a limited number of Junior and Mini Great North Run charity places available. Browse the list of charities below and contact them directly to sign up. But be quick, we expect them to be snapped up quickly!

Bright Red
Cedars Charitable Trust
Calmer Therapy
Children’s Cancer North
Grace House Short Break & Respite Care
Heel & Toe
If U Care Share Foundation
Investing in Children
LD North East
Lisa Shaw’s Little’Uns
Love, Amelia
Percy Hedley Foundation
Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity
Red Sky Foundation
ROC Group
The Bradley Lowery Foundation
The Charlie & Carter Foundation
The Glen Corner Trust
The Toby Henderson Trust
Unique Ways


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