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Simplyhealth Great North 5K 2019

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When: Saturday 7 September 2019 at 8AM

Where: Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside

What: North East’s biggest 5K running event

How Much: £22 per entry

Status: Places Available

Website: www.greatrun.org/great-north-run/great-north-5k

Each year thousands of people take part in the Great North 5K to kick start the series of sporting events on the Saturday in the build up to the main event on the Sunday. The 5km race is one of the first events of the weekends and sets the stage for the events to follow.

Open to everyone, the Great North 5K is often ran as a warm up in preparation for the half marathon the next day or simply as a little bit of fun.

The event often sees some notable guests take part, including twice winner of the Great North Run and British Olympic Champion, Sir Mo Farrah and also Alex Geddes and Ian Graham – Mayors of Gateshead and Newcastle.

In a similar fashion to the Junior and Mini Great North Runs, the Great North 5K allows participants to take in the scenic views across both Newcastle and Gateshead quayside as they pass iconic landmarks such as the Sage.

The route itself starts on the Newcastle side of the quayside and quickly crosses over the Swing Bridge. From there, the running crowds will be directed west adjacent to the Tyne until they loop back and head towards the Sage. In order to reach the finish – which is on the Newcastle side – runners will be given the opportunity to cross the Gateshead Millennium Bridge in the penultimate stage of the race.

One of the excellent features about the Great North 5K, is that it will help set the mood for the sporting weekend but still give you enough time to enjoy the rest of the events which are on the Saturday such as the Pasta Party, Junior and Mini Great North Runs and the the Elite Men’s Mile & Elite Women’s Mile as part of the CityGames.

Whether you are looking to perfect your personal best or you simply want to have some fun with your friends and family and enjoy the Great North atmosphere, the Great North 5K caters to both.

There are still places available – don’t miss out on the chance to win your own t-shirt, goodie bag and medal!

Event Day information

The start and finish areas around the Simplyhealth Great North 5K will get busy so please make sure you leave plenty of time to get to your warm-up. Here are a couple of points to help you on event day.

Please see below for the 2019 event day timetable:

Time Simplyhealth Great North 5k - Saturday 7 September
07:00 Information Point opens on-site
07:40 Wave assembly
08:00 Great North Run Event Village opens
08:00 START of Simplyhealth Great North 5k - Red Wave
08:05 START of Simplyhealth Great North 5k - White Wave 
08:10 START of Simplyhealth Great North 5k - Green Wave
08:12 START of Simplyhealth Great North 5k - NHS Wave
09:15 Elite Male Mile Race
09:22 Elite Female Mile Race
18:15 Great North Run Event Village closes
18:30  Roads reopen (except Broad Chare)
19:30 Broad Chare reopens
  • The family reunion flags will be positioned along the Quayside near the finish area, these are arranged in alphabetical order, so we recommend standing by the letter that matches the start of your surname.
  • The information point is located outside of the Newcastle law courts (opposite the Millennium Bridge) in a Great Run  branded marquee.
  • Toilets are located underneath the Tyne Bridge and also on Broad Chare.
  • The missing person's point and medical tent are also based outside the law courts.

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