Great North Run

2020 is going to be a very special year as we celebrate the 40th Great North Run! This year, the world's biggest half marathon, will take place on Sunday 13 September and take runners from Newcastle to South Shields. If you're interested in taking part you will need to sign up to the ballot, which closes at 21:00 on Sunday 9 February. Enter the ballot here >

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.

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.  
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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.