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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 9 September 2018, so that you can make sure that you do not miss a thing.

What’s happening on Saturday 8 September

Below you will find a list of events, in a rough agenda, taking place on Saturday 8 September, the day before the Great North Run. These events will pave the way to the 37th Great North Run.

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.

Great North Run Barilla Pasta Party

Carb-loading the day before is an integral aspect of pre-race preparation, as many regulars will tell you, and the Great North Run Barilla Pasta Party is the perfect solution. If you’re a participant of any of the weekend’s races, then you eligible for a free bowl of pasta (family and friends are also welcome).

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

Attracting crowds over 25,000, the Great North CityGames is an action packed event encompassing an array of different sports and athletes, ahead of the biggest running even in the North East’s calendar. World-class athletes from all corners of globe come together to pit strength and mind against some of very best grassroots talent along the banks of the Tyne.

What’s happening on Sunday 9 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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