Distance: 5K
Date: 07.09.2019
Minimum age: 14 years old and over
Entry Price: £22

Simplyhealth Great North 5K

If you’re new to running, or a half marathon isn’t your thing, you can still be a part of the iconic Simplyhealth Great North Run weekend at this popular 5k. Soak up the atmosphere as you cross the Quayside finish line, on the banks of the river Tyne.

The Course

This 5km course has the added bonus of giving runners views of the scenic NewcastleGateshead Quayside from both sides of the river. Runners start on the Newcastle side of the river and cross over the Swing Bridge, and then loop to the west before heading back down to pass the Sage on the Gateshead side.

The last kilometre gives runners the chance to run over the Gateshead Millennium Bridge before the final straight back on the Newcastle side.

Please note: the course may be subject to change.


Please see below for the 2019 event day timetable:

Time Simplyhealth Great North 5k - Saturday 7 September
08:20 Simplyhealth Great North 5k – Assembly opens
08:40 START of Simplyhealth Great North 5k (RED WAVE)
08:45 START of Simplyhealth Great North 5k (WHITE WAVE)
08:50 START of Simplyhealth Great North 5k (GREEN WAVE)

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

Getting there

The area around the NewcastleGateshead Quayside will be very busy on Saturday 7 September. Make sure you leave plenty of time to get to the start area in time for your warm-up.

There are plenty of public transport options for you to choose from, and the start area is a short walk from the centre of town. 

If you'd prefer to drive to the event please plan your travel in advance as there are limited parking spaces available.

Click here to view parking options in the city >

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

We are always looking to increase local running opportunities. If you know of any potential venues that could make great running locations and are interested in getting a weekly event off the ground, please contact us at info@greatrunlocal.org.


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