It’s that time of the year again.  On Sunday September 9 approximately 57,000 people from across the U.K and beyond will line the streets of Newcastle to take part in the Simply Health Great North Run and Great North City Games 2018.

The event is always well attended as thousands of spectators line the streets to support the runners as they take part in the 13.1 mile run from Newcastle’s City Centre to South Shields.

Sponsored by Simply Health the Great North Run can be seen live on BBC One from 9:30am on Sunday morning.

Two familiar faces from the North East who will be participating are stand up star and actor Ross Noble and Chelsea Halfpenny.

Prior to Britain’s biggest running event the City will enjoy hosting the Great North City Games which will see 25,000 people turn out to watch the spectacle on the banks of the Tyne.

World class athletes will descend on our great City to take part in the challenge alongside some of the best of our home grown talent.

As always the best way to travel on Sunday will be via public transport however due to the volume of people attending there will obviously be delays so you should really plan your journey leaving plenty of time.

If you are planning to spectate from the start line you need to be aware there is no official parking and road closure will be in place all day.

Some helpful tips for great places to enjoy the race are:

Tyne Bridge
Expect this spot to get very busy so we’d suggest arriving early – in doing so you may just catch the legendary Red Arrows fly-past.

Gateshead Stadium
This iconic stadium is where the founder of the event Brendan Foster broke the 3,000m world record back in 1974.  At this point the runners are three miles into the race so should still be in good spirits.

Heworth Junction
Between four and five miles, the race passes Heworth Junction and the field starts to thin out, so you might have a better chance of spotting your own local hero. Check the Great Run app to find out when they’re passed 4 miles so you know when to shout the loudest, while you’re waiting enjoy the international rhythms of the Bylth Valley Samba band.

Whitemare Pool – Mill Lane
As the runners approach the half way mark in this local’s spot – a bit of a walk from public transport links ensure you give them all a loud cheer to help keep them motivated for the second half of the course.

Again if you are planning on meeting a runner at the finish line it would be worthwhile arranging a meeting point before hand as the area will be extremely busy.

Throughout the weekend there will be a host of live music, food and entertainment including all women drumming group ‘The Bangshees’ and the Wylam craft beer tent in Gypsies Green.

Don’t forget there will be road closures and public transport issues throughout the day so be sure to check out for all of the information you need to enjoy what is sure to be another brilliant weekend.


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