Great North Run 2022

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Great North Run 2022 will take place on Sunday 11 September 2022. Please check back for further information about 2022's event.

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.

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