Great North Run Route Map 2021 Great North Run map 2021

The 40th Great North Run will take place on 12th September 2021, when you'll be able to run the iconic half marathon once again.. but with a twist just for 2021. 

There are changes to the Great North Run route in 2021 in order to protect participates and minimise transport needs. This is to ensure that the event can go ahead in a covid secure manner and social distancing can be maintained as much as possible.

Rather than the traditional mass start, there will be a staggered start and Great North Run participants will be allocated specific timeslots, with the final runners setting off several hours after the first. These changes to the timetable and the route will help to ensure that runners are able to socially distance both at the event and travelling to and from the event by public transport.

The 2021 race will mark Great North Run's 40th race and will be unprecedented with its start AND finish lines in Newcastle and no visit to South Shields. Runners will cross the iconic Tyne Bridge TWICE this year too!

This will be an opportunity to take in more of the landmarks of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne! 

  • The Great North Run race will start as it has in previous years, on Newcastle's central motorway and runners will cross the Tyne Bridge before heading along the Felling Bypass through Gateshead.
  • Runners will then turn back on themselves around a roundabout to head back along the Felling Bypass and back towards the Tyne Bridge for a second chance to cross the famous bridge, this time heading into Newcastle.
  • Participants will run through Newcastle city centre on the return leg of the race taking in the sights as you run passed Grey's Monument
  • The race will finish on the aptly named Great North Road heading towards the Newcastle suburb of Gosforth.

Jubilant Great North Run finishers will be able to head to the Finishers' Village on Newcastle's Town Moor which is beside the Central Motorway; the traditional starting point of the Great North Run. Once at the Finishers' Village, you will receive your well-earned medal which is created to mark this year's momentous event.

Click here for TRAVEL INFORMATION from Nexus Metro about travelling on the Metro during Great North Run weekend.

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