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Great North Run 2021 will take place on Sunday 12 September 2021

The UK’s biggest running event will now celebrate its landmark 40th staging next year. Runners who had a place in the 2020 event will see their places roll over to this year's Great North Run on Sunday 12 September 2021.

Change to the route for Great North Run

Organisers of Great North Run have made the decision to change the race route for 2021 in order to ensure safety for social distancing. The changes to the route are so that the iconic half marathon can go ahead as a Covid secure event.

The Great North Run race will now start and finish in Newcastle with runners crossing the Tyne Bridge twice. The route will take in the City Centre on the return leg, before finishing on the Great North Road with the finishers village being built on the Town Moor.

How will the Great North Run start?

Rather than the traditional mass start, runners taking part in the Great North Run will be allocated specific timeslots, with the final participants setting off several hours after the first. These changes to the timetable and the route will allow us to ensure runners are able to socially distance both at the event and on the region’s transport network before and after the race.

The Great North Run is the world’s largest half marathon. It has become an iconic feature of NewcastleGateshead’s cultural and sporting programme and welcomes 52,000 runners to the North East from all over the world.

The Great North Run route has changed in 2021 (as detailed above) but traditionally, the race starts in Newcastle upon Tyne where thousands of runners get ready to take on the the 13.1 mile route through the city centre towards the River Tyne and the first step to cross over the iconic Tyne Bridge. 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 many 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 gantry.

on Sunday 8 September and soak up the inspiring atmosphere. The event will also be broadcast live on the BBC.

There are no Great North Run 2021 spaces available as entries rolled over from 2020. Check with charities for any spaces available.

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