Simplyhealth Great North Run

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 need any help just get in touch with our customer services team.

The Course

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, where if you're lucky, you might get a glimpse of the Red Arrows passing overhead.

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.

Please note: the course may be subject to change.

Simplyhealth Great North Run Premium Experience

Upgrade your Simplyhealth Great North Run in 2018 with our brand new Premium Experience package. If you already have a place in the event, let us take care of all the details, so the only thing you have to think about is your run. 

For £175pp the runner’s Premium Experience includes:
Start line access – line up alongside the famous faces and get ahead of the crowds 
VIP baggage drop and collection service – collect your kit on the finish line just for Premium Experience runners
Post-race hospitality – a hearty meal plus drinks to celebrate your achievement
An exclusive branded rucksack –  as well as your finishers pack, medal and t-shirt
Coach travel from South Shields back to Newcastle - beat the queues at the end of the day
Supporters can get in on the action too, with a special Premium Experience Package for your fan club. 
For £175pp the supporter’s Premium Experience includes:
Coach travel along the course from the start area to the finish – just for Premium Experience spectators
Hospitality – watch the race from the comfort of the VIP marquee before celebrating in style with your runner
A limited edition Great North Run print - for you to keep as a reminder of your day
Coach travel from South Shields back to Newcastle - beat the queues at the end of the day, by leaving in the official race cavalcade
There is a combined limited total of 100 runner and spectator Premium Experience packages available - sign up now to avoid missing out on your best ever Simplyhealth Great North Run

Only 2018 Simplyhealth Great North Run entrants can purchase these experiences. So if you're coming along to watch and would like to enjoy the supporter’s Premium Experience, a runner will need to purchase this on your behalf.

upgrade your experience here


Travel and accommodation

With experience of providing travel and accommodation services for both runners and spectators to the Simplyhealth Great North Run since 1999, our Official Travel Partner, Nirvana, can assist your journey to the North East. 

Founded in the North East and with the very best local knowledge of any other travel and accommodation provider, Nirvana has been chosen as the official Simplyhealth Great North Run Travel Partner for good reason. 

As well as offering accommodation within a 50 mile radius of Newcastle City Centre to suit all budgets, Nirvana also provide unique travel package services to ensure a stress-free event experience.

To view and book all of Nirvana’s Simplyhealth Great North Run travel and accommodation options, please click here or email 

Alternatively if you wish to speak to a member of the Nirvana team, please call 0191 2571750.


Nirvana can provide you with accommodation from £30 per person per night and within a 10 minute walk of the Simplyhealth Great North Run start line.

As well as good quality budget accommodation, Nirvana also have on offer an abundance of hotel options to suit all requirements.

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.



Nirvana can alleviate the stress of driving on the day of the Simplyhealth Great North Run, and also negate the worry of finding a parking space.  

With local event day transfers starting from £12.95 per person, you will never need to think about negotiating the Simplyhealth Great North Run road closures ever again!


Coach and Run services... From £49 per person.

This service provides the perfect solution for those who live outside of the North East and prefer to experience the Simplyhealth Great North Run all in one day, eliminating the need for overnight accommodation. 

Offering both runners and spectators the chance to travel to the event venue on the morning of the event and then travel straight back afterwards from the following locations: 

Yorkshire  I  Scotland I  North West


Event day transfers

This unique service provides the perfect solution for runners and spectators who live outside of the North East and the surrounding areas, who require more time to travel to and from the Simplyhealth Great North Run.

From £139 per person the package includes:

- Coach travel to Newcastle upon Tyne on Saturday 8 September 2018
- Overnight accommodation at Newcastle University
- Breakfast included
- Coach straight back from the finish area to your original collection point

The service operates from the following locations:

Midlands I Yorkshire I Scotland I South I North West


Coach, sleep and run

Get 10% off travel to Great Run

Take the train to your event and arrive in the heart of the city, ready to hit the Great Run starting line right on time. Book your travel to your Great Run event with TransPennine Express and get an extra 10% off Advance Purchase fares. Visit for more information.

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

Full terms and conditions for Advance Purchase Fares available here.



Please see below for the 2018 event day timetable:

Time Simplyhealth Great North Run - Sunday 9 September
08:00 Information point opens (located on the Town Moor, near Exhibition Park) and baggage buses open (located along Claremont Road)
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 and 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)
13:15 Red Arrows display

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

Event location

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.

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Take the Train with TransPennine Express

Take the train to your event and arrive in the heart of the city, ready to hit the Great Run starting line right on time. Save over 50%* when you book your train tickets in advance at

With direct services into Manchester you can sit back, relax and leave the car at home.

Getting there

Elite and Club Runners


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

Distance Men Women
10km 31.00 38.00
10 mile 51.00 63.00
Half M 69.00 83.00
Marathon 2.24.00 2.48.00

Elite Wheelchair entry criteria:

Distance Time
10km 45.00
Half M 1.25.00
Marathon 3.00.00

Qualifying times must be achieved after the 1st January 2015.

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 wit 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 for all events will close 2 weeks before the event date. No entries will be accepted after this date.

Entry Criteria

We offer overall prize money and British only prize money. Prize money will only be awarded to elite athletes not athletes who run fast times from the mass start.

*British athletes can collect both prize structures.

  Men Women   Men Women
1 £600.00 £600.00 1 £1500.00 £1500.00
2 £350.00 £350.00 2 £1250.00 £1250.00
3 £200.00 £200.00 3 £750.00 £750.00
      4 £500.00 £500.00
WHEELCHAIRS 5 £300.00 £300.00
1 £400.00 £400.00      
2 £250.00 £250.00      
3 £100.00 £100.00      


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

Position Club Team
1st  £400 + 8 entries into 2019 event
2nd  8 free entries into 2019 event


Great Run Local

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
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