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Great North Run Weekend Events

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The Great North Run is more than just a half marathon, it’s a calendar of events and celebrations throughout the entire weekend. Here we have included a list of all the events taking place on both Saturday and race day, Sunday 13 September 2020, so that you can make sure that you do not miss a thing.

What’s happening on Saturday 12th September

Below you will find a list of events, in a rough agenda, taking place on Saturday 12th September, the day before the Great North Run. These events will pave the way to the 40th Great North Run.

Here's a handy timetable of what's happening on Saturday 12 September ahead of the Great North Run 2020. More information will be available in the run up to the events in September 2020.

TBC Newcastle Quayside and South Shore Road closures
TBC Remaining road closures in place
08:00 - 11:00 Simplyhealth Great North 5k
TBC Elite one Mile races
08:00-1800 Simplyhealth Junior Great North Run races take place
08:00-1800 Simplyhealth Mini Great North Run races take place
TBC Simplyhealth Junior and Mini Great North Wheelchair Event and Mini 50
TBC Road Re-openings

*Timings and events are correct at time of print and are subject to change.

Great North 5K Race

The Great North 5K is the perfect way to set the scene for the Great North Run weekend with many runners taking part both competitively and for fun. Starting on the Newcastle start of the Tyne River, the Great North 5K take participants over both the Swing Bridge and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

Food Event Village

The annual Pasta Party which previously was a feature during the Great North Run weekend will not be taking place in 2020. Instead, runners can fuel for Sunday's run by visiting the Event Village on Gateshead Quays which will be home to a foodie affair catering for all tastes. On Saturday 7 September, Baltic Square will play host to local street foot outlets providing a range of dishes over three levels including -

Streetzzeria - pizza

MeatStack - burgers

Acropolis Street Food - Greek treats

Geordie Banger Company -  sausages

Whether or not you're running in the Saturday or Sunday events; spectating or just keen to be part of the action, everyone is welcome in the Event Village. In addition to the food stalls, you'll find the Newcastle Falcons, the Royal Army and Bitesize Bootcamp inviting children to try out extra sporting activities, picnic areas to relax, music from Metro Radio and a big screen relaying the CityGames action live from Teeside. There will also be a Simplyhealth Zone providing training and health advice at the Event Village.

Mini Great North Run

The Mini Great North Run is an excellent opportunity for young children to be more active and take a greater interest in exercise and running. The fun and educational 1.5K race teaches children about leading a healthy lifestyle and is open to children between the ages of 3 – 8 years.

Junior Great North Run

For those who are a little older, between the ages of 9 – 16 years, the Junior Great North Run is the perfect next step above the Mini Great North Run and a comfortable lead up to the challenge of the half marathon. This 4K course still has places available should you want to enter.

Junior Great North Wheelchair Race

Also taking part on a similar course to the Junior Great North Run and the Mini Great North Run, the Junior Great North Wheelchair Race is both a fun and exciting race for wheelchair users to take part and is also the perfect stage for future Great North Run participants.

Great North City Games

After a long run being hosted in NewcastleGateshead, the Great North City Games moved to Tees Valley in 2019 for the first time and will once again take pace in Stockton town centre in 2020. 

World-class athletes from all corners of globe will still come together along the banks of the Tyne for Elite Men’s Mile & Elite Women’s Mile event, which is not to be missed if you're visiting NewcastleGateshead during the Simplyhealth Great North Run weekend.

What’s happening on Sunday 13th September

After an action packed Saturday, all of the weekend events have led up to one thing, the main even – the Simplyhealth Great North Run! Use the links below to find out more about the half marathon, including a timetable, and also check out what entertainment is available whilst the race is taking place.

Find out more about the Great North Run timetable and book accommodation today.

Find out what entertainment, food and drink and other activities are available during the event.

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