Great North Run

Congratulations to everyone who took part in this year's Simplyhealth Great North Run! We hope you had an incredible day and enjoyed the atmosphere from start to finish. You should be very proud of yourselves. If you want to take part in the 2020 Great North Run, you can sign up to the reminder service and we'll be in touch with you as soon as the ballot opens. Memberships for 2020, 2021 and 2022 are now sold out.

Download your event guide and checklist for everything you need to know ahead of your run:

The Simplyhealth Great North Run on Sunday 8 September will be broadcast live on BBC One from 9:30 to 13:30. The highlights programme will be shown on the same day from 17:00 to 18:00 on BBC Two. 

If you're after some world-class athletics performances, the Great CityGames, coming to Tees Valley for the first time, will be broadcast live on Saturday 7 September from 13:15 to 14:45 on BBC One. 

Make sure you set your recorder or catch up on iPlayer!

Click here for the start area map with key information including the start line, the information tent, baggage buses, toilets, and drinking water stations. ​


What will I find when I arrive?

If you have any questions on the day, the Information Point is on the Town Moor just up from the start line (see map). You can't miss it, it's the Great Run branded marquee! You can also visit the Information Point situated within the Great North Run Event Village on Gateshead Baltic Quay between 10:00 and 17:00 on Saturday 7 September. 

Any problems that can be sorted in advance though, check the FAQs at or get in touch with us at so we can sort the issue out and put your mind at rest. 

Temporary toilets will have popped up adjacent to the baggage buses near the start and over by the Information Point on the Town Moor. We recommend you bring some toilet tissue with you, just in case you get caught short! 

If you need to top up your sun cream (for free!) La Roche-Posay will be at the roundabout by Claremont Road Bridge.

Make sure you have filled in the back of your number with your details. You don’t need to hand this in and there is no need to register on the day. Once you’ve filled in the back of your run number and attached it to your front, you are good to go and you don’t need to queue at the Information Point. You can just go straight to your start assembly area.


What can I bring and what do I do with all my stuff?

Bring as little as possible - only the essentials! We do have baggage buses (located on Claremont Road, see map), but anyone using them should expect additional security which will mean you need to allow more time to use them.

If possible, please, do not bring a bag at all, but if you do bring one, try to leave it with friends or family or locked in your car.

There will be 38 baggage buses provided at the start for the storage of your belongings, which are then transported to the finish for your convenience. 

Any clothing, etc. left on the carriageway at the start will be removed during the clean-up operation and donated to charity to allow the reopening of the roads as soon as possible. 

Baggage bus tips

  1. Come prepared - fill your baggage label in the night before the event!
  2. Aim to arrive at the bus area by 09:00 as buses leave at 10:05 prompt.
  3. Runners should expect additional security checks around the baggage drop-off, including bag spot checks. Only runners with run numbers will be able to access the bus facility. 
  4. Bring as little as possible. The organisers cannot be held responsible for the loss, damage, or theft of belongings on the baggage buses or at the end of the run, however caused.
  5. Buses are colour-coded to match your run number (see window signage). Don't forget which number bus you left your bag on (stewards will mark your bus number to help you). 
  6. If you miss the buses you will be asked to deposit the bag on one of the late baggage vans at the Grandstand Road end of Claremont Road. These vans leave once the event has started so will not get to the finish until after 13:30. Late baggage can be collected from the vans on arrival or at the baggage information cabin. 
  7. At the finish baggage buses will be located on the grass by Bents Park Road (see Finish Area map). For security reasons, access will only be granted to runners wearing their numbers.
  8. If you can't locate your bag, please check at the baggage information cabin. For lost property enquiries after the event please email
  9. Do not leave your bag unattended at any time as this could cause a security alert. 

Follow the signs to your assembly area, which corresponds to the colour/letter of your run number. You will need to show your number to gain access. 

Once you're in, move forward so other runners can assemble behind you. Be in your zone by 10:30 at the latest. 

If you miss this deadline, marshals will direct you to the rear of the assembly area. 

Look out for the pacers to help you hit your target time:

-Orange  = 1:30 to 1:55

-White = 1:55 to 2:15

-Green = 2:15 to 2:35

-Pink = 2:35 to 2:45

Deposit any rubbish, bin liners or old clothing in the bins provided or to the side of the assembly area to avoid causing obstacles to other runners. If you have brought your own plastic bottle, discard it at the side of the road. Our cleaning team will pick them up and make sure they are recycled.

When you hear the run has started, please be patient!

Soak up the atmosphere while you make your way to the start line; your timing chip only activates once you cross the start line so you will receive a completely accurate finish time. 

Any late runners arriving after the sweep vehicle has left at 11:30 am will NOT be allowed to participate in the interest of safety and well-being of all concerned. The Start Director's decision is final. 

Let's Get Started!

Please see below for the 2019 event day timetable:

Saturday 7 September:

Information point (Great Run marquee) open at the Great North Run Event Village on Gateshead Baltic Quay between 10:00 and 17:00 

Sunday 8 September:

Time Simplyhealth Great North Run
07:30 Information point opens (located on the Town Moor, near Exhibition Park)
08:00 Baggage buses open (located along Claremont Road)
09:00 Event and Charity Villages open at finish area
09:15 Start assembly area opens
10:05 Baggage buses depart for the finish
10:10 Elite wheelchair race starts
10:15 Elite women start
10:15 Mass Great North Run warm-up
10:30 Assembly area closes
10:40 START OF THE SIMPLYHEALTH GREAT NORTH RUN (Elite men and the masses)
11:30 Sweep vehicle leaves start

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





Starting in Newcastle upon Tyne, the 13.1 mile route takes runners through the city centre towards the River Tyne where thousands of people will cross over the iconic Tyne Bridge. From there runners will travel through Gateshead while being entertained by our Bands on the Run.

The route, lined by thousands of supporters, leads runners to South Shields where at the top of Prince Edward Road the view of the sea is one of the most welcoming sights along the whole course.

From that point there is just over a mile to go and the crowds get louder as runners make their way down the final straight towards the finish line.

Click here for a PDF printable version of the course map.

Please note: the course may be subject to change.

Click here for the finish area map with key information including the finish line, medical tent, baggage buses, toilets, and drinking water stations. ​


Click here for the event and charity village map.

Complete the day's Great Run experience with a trip to the Event Village, the perfect post-run destination for you and your supporters. The Village hosts both Simplyhealht Stretch and Massage Zones along with an array of charities, partner stands and the all-important Wylam Beer Tent.

Before you get distracted by the stands, charities, food, and drink on offer be sure to head to the Simplyhealth Stretch Zone where our qualified instructor will be able to guide you through key stretches, proven to help those tired muscles. You could also partake in Simplyhealth's 'Rate my Gait' activity in the same area, which helps asses your running style and will give you tips to help stay fit and injury free. 

Once you are all stretched out there are 121 charities waiting to meet and greet runners. Many will be providing food and drink to aid your post-event recovery - making it a great place for some well-earned relaxtion. 

Contact your charity to see if they will be there. The Bronze charity tent is located in Gypsies Green open air stadium by the Wylam Beer Tent and next to the Simplyhealth Massage Zone.

In the Beer Tent you can get your hands on the famous Runner's Reward pale ale. There's also live music, street food and a Creation Station with craft activities for the kids. 

Pre-book your free massage at the Simplyhealth Massage Zone by visiting We have bookable massage sessions and free walk-up sessions.

Around the Event Village, our partners will be on hand to help you celebrate, rest and recover and will be handing out samples and bespoke Great Run offers along with advice and guidance on their products. 

Stands and activations will be hosted by Special K, Garmin, Great Run official merchandise, ENGIE, Clif Bar, Nando's, John West, Alton Sports, Wagamama, Trans Pennine Express and Arnold Clark.

Gypsies Green is where you will find the largest number of toilets, but there are more at the Meeting Point area, at the baggage buses, by the Grandstand, and along the Coast Road. 

Event and Charity Village

Recently voted, by Guardian and Observer readers, as the best city in the UK, Newcastle is the place to visit.

Nestled next to the River Tyne, a stone’s throw from the North East coastline, and a short drive away from the rolling countryside, Newcastle has a multitude of qualities to offer any visitor.

The huge arts and culture scene offers visitors an alternative reason to visit the ‘toon’ other than its traditional buzzing bars and quirky restaurants.

Visit the popular Quayside area to see the famous Tyne Bridge that joins Newcastle and Gateshead, and pop across the tilting Millennium Bridge to visit the Baltic Gallery and the Sage concert venue.

About NewcastleGateshead

Founded in the North East and with 20 years experience of providing official Simplyhealth Great North Run travel and accommodation services for both runners and spectators, Nirvana’s local team are the answer to a stress-free event experience.  

Suitable for both runners and spectators alike, Nirvana have a host of quality accommodation options available from as little as £32 per person within close proximity of the event start line & event related services to support your journey to the finish line in South Shields.

With the added benefit of ensuring an early athlete-friendly breakfast on race day, luggage storage and post-race showers (subject to availability), Nirvana have everything covered for you!

BOOK HERE or call the local Nirvana team on 0191 257 1750.


Whether you're based in the North East of England, or you are travelling from outside of the region, Nirvana can cater for your travel needs and requirements, allowing you to enjoy this iconic event!

From local event day transfer services from various park and ride sites around the North East, to unique “event weekend experiences”, all you have to focus on is the run.

Local Event Park & Ride Services: On the day travel (with free parking included) from £14.50 per person return

Coach & Run: On the day travel from pick-up points throughout Yorkshire, the North West & Scotland from £55 per person return

Weekend Packages: All-encompassing accommodation & discounted event travel packages from £65 per person

Coach, Sleep & Run: The perfect solution for those who live a little further away, and require a couple of days to travel to & from the North East from £159 per person, which includes:

  • Coach Travel to Newcastle Upon Tyne on Saturday 7 September 2019;
  • Overnight accommodation;
  • Early event day breakfast;

Coach travel straight from the finish line area, back to your original collection point;

BOOK HERE or call the local Nirvana team on 0191 257 1750.


Transport and Packages

For live road closure information across the weekend you can view the Waze map here >

As soon as roads are reopened we will share the information via our Twitter feed (@great_run).

Road closure times:

  • 20:00 (Saturday 7 September) to 17:00 (Sunday 8 September) - A167 Central Motorway - Cowgate Roundabout to Great North Road (B1318) Interchange
  • 09:45 to 16:00 (Sunday 8 September) - A194 Leam Lane - White Mare Pool Interchange to John Reid Road Roundabout (A1300)
  • 02:45 to 17:00 (Sunday 8 September) - Bents Park Road (in South Shields)
  • 08:45 to 17:00 (Sunday 8 September) - A167 Central Motorway (including Tyne Bridge) - B1318 Great North Road Interchange to A184 Park Lane
  • 09:45 to 16:00 (Sunday 8 September) - A1300 John Reid Road - to Prince Edward Road (A1300) to Redwell Lane / Coast Road (A183) Roundabout
  • 09:00 to 17:00 (Sunday 8 September) - A184 Park Lane - A184 Felling Bypass to White Mare Pool Interchange (Leam Lane A194) 
  • 08:00 to 17:00 (Sunday 8 September) - A183 Redwell Lane / Coast Road Roundabout - to Coast Road (A183) Roundabout with Sea Road and Mowbray Road
Road closures

The start area is 13.1 miles away from the finish, so please decide carefully where you will park. Please note: no event parking is available at the start.

There will be a number of road closures in order to facilitate the event which we'll confirm closer to the time.

There is no official event parking available at the start. If you need to travel by car, consider parking at a Metro station (Callerton Parkway, Bank Foot, Kingston Park, Regent Centre, Four Lane Ends, Northumberland Park, Heworth, Fellgate, East Boldon or Stadium of Light all have car parks) and take the Metro to the start and from the finish. There will be station closures in place and advance tickets on sale to speed up passenger flows, so visit to plan your journey.

Please note: travel times and costs may change in the days leading up to the Great North Run.

By car

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We’re excited to be crowned official train partner of the Great Run Company, organisers of the largest series of running events in the world.

Take the train to your event and not only will you arrive in the heart of the city, ready to hit the Great Run starting line right on time, you'll enjoy an extra 10% off our Advance Purchase tickets.

We run direct services into Newcastle so you can sit back, relax and leave the car at home.

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Full terms and conditions for Advance Purchase Fares available here

By train

The nearest bus stations to the start are Haymarket and Eldon Square, plus many on-street bus stops. Shuttle bus services will run between the start at Newcastle and the finish at South Shields (see start and finish map for details). For more information on bus services, see:

By bus

The run start is about 15 minutes’ walk from Haymarket Metro station in Newcastle and South Shields Metro station is about 20 minutes’ walk from the finish line. Trains will be extremely busy getting to the start and finish, so please expect delays and allow plenty of time.

Tyne and Wear Metro will be running additional trains from the start of service until approximately 19:00. Additional trains have been planned for all areas of the network to get runners and spectators to the start of the run. Once the run has started there will be a train every 7.5 minutes to South Shields. After the run there will be a train every 7.5 minutes from South Shields into Newcastle.

We recommend you plan your journey in advance and aim to get to your destination early, especially runners, as trains will be very busy from early in the day.  
For more information visit
By metro

The Shields Ferry connects North Shields and the finish line in South Shields. Extra crossings will start at 08:45, running until 18:00. Shuttle buses connect North Shields Metro Station and the ferry landing.

Click here or call 0191 20 20 747 for more information.

Please note: times may change in the run-up to the event.

By ferry

You can also give your legs an early warm-up and cycle! A bike park will be available at Gypsies Green, near to the finish line, and at Haven Point on Pier Parade. For further information and cycle routes click here

By bike

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

GRL Stockton: Every Sunday, 9:30am
Ropner Park, Hartburn Lane, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 4EF

GRL Washington: Every Sunday, 9:30am
Washington Leisure Centre, Washington, NE38 7SS


Great Run Local

A brand new, FREE weekly social running group, starting and finishing from Brewdog on Dean Street.

We’re not an athletics club - just an informal running group, for all abilities, meeting on Wednesday nights in Newcastle city centre.

Please register here ahead of your run: and join our Facebook group here!

There’s no membership or fees involved - simply rock up to our good friends at Brewdog, drop your bag and we’ll have a 3k, 5k or 8k route for you to tackle at your own pace.

When you’ve finished your run, don’t forget to stick around at Brewdog, chat with the rest of the group over a post-run drink and see who’s been named as Runner of the Week.

Great Runners Newcastle

Don't forget to download the FREE Great Run App from the App Store or Google Play. It contains loads of event day info, your loved ones can live track you on your journey around the course and you can link your social media channels to share your progress and those all-important results live to Facebook and Twitter. Not only that, but you can use our selfie frames to make those event day snaps look even better.

It will also give you the lowdown on what our sponsors and partners are doing (and giving away!) on event day and where you can find them. 

If you’re signed up to the 2019 Simplyhealth Great North Run but are no longer able to run, you can withdraw your entry. You will not be offered a refund but will be eligible for a guaranteed place next year.

Click here to withdraw your entry.

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