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.

Entry fee: £22

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 2018 event day timetable:

Time Simplyhealth Great North 5k - Saturday 8 September
16:45 Simplyhealth Great North 5k – Assembly opens
17:00 Simplyhealth Great North 5k warm-up
17:10 START of Simplyhealth Great North 5k (RED WAVE)
17:15 START of Simplyhealth Great North 5k (WHITE WAVE)
17:20 START of Simplyhealth Great North 5k (GREEN WAVE & THIS GIRL CAN WAVE)
17:50 Simplyhealth Great North 5k presentations

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

Join the This Girl Can wave

This Girl Can is a celebration of active women who are doing their thing no matter how well they do it, how they look or even how red their face gets.

Active Newcastle want to help women overcome the fear of judgement that is stopping too many women and girls from joining in and leading active lives.

We would LOVE for you to show your support and join us at the Simplyhealth Great North 5k in the This Girl Can wave.

Come and meet local women and girls who have started feeling that "they can" and help us celebrate women getting active, having fun and embracing their individuality.

To get involved simply tick the box on the entry form to let us know you want to be part of the This Girl Can wave.

If you have already entered and would like to run in this wave you will need to email and indicate you'd like to be included.

Join the This Girl Can wave

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


Great Run Local

Exclusive offer

As part of our partnership with Science in Sport everyone who takes part in the event will have the opportunity to claim a free introduction pack from Science in Sport containing 10 Isotonic Energy Gels.

Look out for the SiS link in your entry confirmation email to redeem this great offer, or if you have already entered you can contact for further details.

Exclusive offer