Thousands of runners took on the Great North 10k Gateshead today (3 JULY) which followed a new route, starting and finishing on the iconic Quayside.
The popular 10k run, which many use as a barometer of their training ahead of the Great North Run in September, got underway this morning. The event started on South Shore Road with the entire 10K route hugging the Tyne and finishing in Baltic Square. Giving runners the chance to enjoy stunning views of our famous landmarks in the sunshine.
The official warm up team R:U ready got runners into the zone, there was also live music and a ‘Toon Tunes’ zone along the course. Joining the masses were Gurkha soldiers from Catterick Garrison, new recruits take on the event every year as part of their armed forces training.
The first male athlete across the line was elite runner Chris Thompson, who sprinted home in a time of 28:59, local lad Calum Johnson from Gateshead Harriers & AC came in second in 29:10 and Ed Bovingdon of Istead and Ifield Harriers in Gravesend clinched third in 30:31.
In the women’s race, Kate Maltby of Bristol and West AC claimed victory in 34:46, followed by Irish runner Mary Mulhare in 34:53, while Stockton Striders Abby Barker took third in 38:43.
Families and young runners enjoyed the Great North Family Run in sunny weather in the afternoon.
Event Manager Anna Thompson of The Great Run Company, said: “Congratulations to everyone who took part.
“It was lovely to see so many people taking on the challenge, with lots of competitive times and PBs on the new course.
“Huge thanks to our runners, volunteers and supporters for making it such a fantastic day.”