We are closely monitoring developments with COVID-19. We will continue to take the advice of the UK government around the staging of large public events, and we continue to work closely with our medical and planning teams. 
Any decisions around the staging of the Great North Run will be taken in close consultation with all key stakeholders. At present we are planning for the Great North Run, Junior and Mini Great North Run and the Great North 5k to go ahead as scheduled, but we will update participants as a priority as and when the situation develops. 
If circumstances dictate that we must cancel any of our events everyone who had entered would be entitled to a refund in line with the event terms and conditions.

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, takes place on Sunday 13 September, starting in the centre of Newcastle and finishing at the coast in South Shields. The ballot for the 2020 Great North Run closed at 9pm on Sunday 9 February, however if you'd still like to take part you can choose to run on behalf of a charity. Charity places are limited and available on a first come first served basis. Click here to view a list of charities >

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 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 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

As the Exclusive Travel & Accommodation Partner to the Great North Run, Nirvana has over 20 years’ experience of providing support services and accommodation for both runners and spectators.

- Accommodation in the 'Nirvana Collection' of hotels, all hand-selected for their services and location
- University accommodation, within a 10 minute walk of the start line
- Sleepover in the City, with likeminded runners and spectators
- Official GNR campsite (located within 2 miles of the GNR finish line)
- Start and finish line lounge access, available on selected packages  

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 have the transfer solution for you.
- Regional transfer services (incl. hotel pick up points)
- Spectator & post-event to city centre transfers
- Coach & Run (from Scotland, Yorkshire & the North West)
- Coach, Sleep & Run packages from various collection points around the UK
- Packages bringing together bespoke transport and accommodation options, that are fully integrated into the event timetable
- Start and finish line lounge access, available on selected packages  
Book HERE or call the local Nirvana team on 0191 257 1750.

Transport and Packages

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

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 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.