Simplyhealth Great North Run

Next year's event will take place on Sunday 8 September 2019. The ballot will open in January and you can sign up to our reminder service here.

We'll start to add that all-important event information to this page as we get closer to event day. 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.


Please see below for the 2018 event day timetable:

Time Simplyhealth Great North Run
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


Download your event guide and checklist for everything you need to know ahead of your run.
If you are coming along to watch - Download our spectators' guide with all of the info you need to make the most of your day.

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.

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Getting to the Great North Run by car:

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 are a number of road closures in place on the day. You can find a map and additional information on page 7 of the Spectator Guide here.

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

Getting to the Great North Run by bus:

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:

Bus information can be found at: 

By bus

By Metro


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

Getting to and from the finish of the Great North Run by ferry:

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
Network One offer Day Rover tickets that provide unlimited travel all day on the Metro, any bus in Tyne and Wear, Shields Ferry and the Sunderland-Blaydon rail line. Visit for further information. Go North East buses offer unlimited travel on day and weekend tickets via their app. Search Go North East in the Apple or Android stores and download a day ticket for £6 (Sun Sept 9) or a weekend ticket (Fri 7-Sun 9 Sept) for £11. You can also buy tickets on the day and you don’t need cash as you can pay via contactless card or Apple Pay on the bus. Metro tickets can also be bought in advance. Buy a wristband that’s valid for a single trip (£3.30) or all day on Sunday September 9 (£5); or for Saturday 8 and Sunday September 9 (£10.00) from Great North Run day tickets (£5 – valid on September 9) can be bought in advance from any Metro station ticket machine. Stagecoach will be at the Barilla Pasta Party on September 8, selling all-day travel wristbands (£4) valid for bus travel across Tyne & Wear on September 9, or you can get a Dayrider (£4) for travel all day from any bus driver. Mobile tickets can be bought via the Stagecoach Bus App. Tickets for the Shields Ferry can be bought directly from the ferry crew (£1.50 single, £2.70 all day).

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

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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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.