Distance: 10K
Date: 07.07.2019
Minimum age: 15 years old and over
Entry Price: £28 per entry

Simplyhealth Great North 10K

If you’re already entered, read on for all the information you’ll need for the big day. Your run number will be sent out approximately 2 weeks before and we’ll be in touch by email to keep you up to date with everything you need to know. In the meantime if you have any questions just get in touch with our customer services team, who will be happy to help.

Passing under the iconic Tyne Bridge and heading along to the Sage Gateshead and BALTIC before bending back along the Quayside for a triumphant lap of the Gateshead International Stadium track, cheered on by your family and friends.

Please note that there is a short cobbled section and speed bump on South Shore Road as we run past the Baltic before 3k and again on the return at 7k, and also on Hillgate underneath the Tyne Bridge. From 8k the course will narrow as you enter the riverside path and run on part of Keelman’s Way before the famous Slog on the Tyne hill. You stay on tarmac paths throughout but please note that in this wooded section and in wet weather the path may be slippy.

Click here to view a downloadable PDF version of the course map > 

Please note: the course may be subject to change.

Please see below for the 2018 event day timetable for reference, we'll update the timetable for 2019 in due course.

Time Simplyhealth Great North 10K
08:00 Event day information point & baggage drop off opens
09:40 Start assembly area opens for orange and white wave – Saltmeadows Road
09:55 Orange and white wave warm up
10:00 Start of Simplyhealth Great North 10k orange wave and fast-paced runners
10:05 Start of Simplyhealth Great North 10k white wave
10:10 Start assembly area opens for green and pink wave
10:15 Green and pink wave warm up
10:25 Start of Simplyhealth Great North 10k green wave
10:30 Start of Simplyhealth Great North 10k pink wave

*NB. All times are subject to change in the lead up to the event

Don't forget, it's only a 25 minute walk from the centre of Newcastle to Gateshead International Stadium. So whether you're arriving at Newcastle Train Station, making use of the car parks in Newcastle, or you live on the North side of the river - you can choose to travel to the event by foot and not worry about parking at the Stadium.

If you do choose to walk, make sure you pop by the Quayside Market, which will be open throughout the day.

On foot

Due to the high volume of traffic and the number of people attending the event, we highly recommend travelling to Gateshead International Stadium via public transport. However, if you do choose to drive to the event please note that there is limited car parking available at Bede School and Community Centre, Old Fold Road, Gateshead. NE10 0DJ.

The car park is operational from 8am-2pm at a cost of £4 per car, cash only.

Gateshead Town Centre is only 15 mins walk from the Stadium: there is parking at the Civic Centre on Sundays and at neighbouring car parks. For more details click here >

Please note: The run route affects the car parks on South Shore Road, Quarryfield car park, Pipwellgate car park and the Stadium itself.

By car

The start and finish areas are a short walk from Gateshead Stadium Metro station. 

Metro trains provide a frequent service through the station providing links from Newcastle and Gateshead centres and from Heworth. And there’s a Metro from South Tyneside, from Sunderland, Newcastle Airport and from North Tyneside about every 30 minutes from around 07:00. This increases to every 15 minutes by about 10:00, depending on location.

Please check nexus.org.uk/metro for earlier train running times.

By Metro

You can Park and Ride to Gateshead Stadium Metro station from the following main Park & Ride stations on the Metro system:

  • Callerton,
  • Regent Centre,
  • Four Lane Ends,
  • Northumberland Park,
  • Heworth
  • and Stadium of Light.
Metro Park and Ride

The event is easily accessible by bus, with a variety of routes servicing Gateshead International Stadium.

Go North East Service 27 from bus stops on Sunderland Road (Felling) provides a link to Gateshead Stadium about every 20 minutes from Hebburn, Jarrow and South Shields.

Quaylink Services Q1 and Q2 provide a link from Gateshead Metro and Newcastle City Centre to the Gateshead Quayside area, but they will be disrupted by road closures for the event so you are recommended to use Quaylink service Q3 from Newcastle City Centre to Newcastle Quayside and cross the Millennium Bridge to Gateshead. I

It is possible to get many bus services to Newcastle City Centre, Gateshead or Heworth Metro Stations then use the Metro to get to the event from Gateshead Stadium Metro Station. Use the Live Travel Map at nexus.org.uk to find out the best service for you or call 0191 20 20 747.

By bus

If you are travelling by more than one form of public transport the best ticket to buy is a Day Rover ticket. It gives you unlimited travel all day on Metro, most buses in Tyne and Wear, the Shields Ferry and the Sunderland - Blaydon rail line.

Tickets are available from Metro station ticket machines and bus drivers - adult £7.20, child £3.60. Children who have an Under 16 Pop Card can travel all day for just £1.10 with a Child All-day Ticket (CAT) available from ticket machines or bus drivers. If you are using Metro only, or travelling on buses from just one bus company, buy one of their day tickets, or a return where available.

Fare Information

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Simplyhealth is supporting you every step of the way. From expert training, nutrition and injury prevention advice on Simplyhealth train and prepare; through to our new stretch zone at the finish line and beyond, to post-event recovery.

Need that little extra help with your training, or somewhere to continue your running experience? Join friendly runners and volunteers at our free, weekly 2k and 5k events and become part of a happier, healthier, growing community!

With your own personal Great Run Local wristband, you can track your progression through our unique mobile phone app, whilst meeting new people and interacting with others as you run! From children in pushchairs to our oldest runner at 88 years young, we encourage all abilities and ages to continue running with us all year round!


GRL Gibside: Every Sunday, 9:15am
Gibside National Trust, Near Rowlands Gill, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE16 6BG

GRL Sunderland: Every Sunday, 9:30am
Mowbray Park, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, SR1 1PP

GRL Souter Lighthouse: Every Sunday, 9:30am
Souter Lighthouse, Coast Road, Sunderland, SR6 7NH


Great Run Local

Any athlete wishing to compete via an elite entry for the Great North 10K must meet the following criteria:

Distance Men Women
10km 31.00 38.00

Qualifying times must be achieved after the 1st January 2016.

Other standards considered:

  • Top 20 placing at National Senior XC Championships
  • Any athletes (Junior/ U23 / Senior) that have represented Great Britain at XC/ road or track (at 1500 and above) over the last 3 years will also be offered free elite entry.

Both Elite fields are restricted to numbers so apply early to avoid disappointment. Email elite@greatrun.org with details of qualifying performances, name, DOB and club.

The Elite Management reserve the right to refuse any entry whether an athlete meets criteria or not. This is a guide and does not guarantee elite entry into any Great Run Event. Elite entries will close approximately 2 weeks before the event.

Entry Criteria

Prize money is available for Britsth athletes at this event. This is still to be confirmed for 2019.

Prize Structure

The Great Run Club Challenge is open to UK athletics and running clubs affiliated to their home country athletics association.  Athletes must be registered club members (checks will be made).

Scoring: Four women + Four men.   Winner will be the team with the lowest combined finish time.  Clubs are encouraged to enter as many athletes as possible (athletes must indicate that they are a club member on the online entry form, drop down box).  The first 4 men and first 4 women will be counted

Prize money is yet to be confirmed for 2019.