Simplyhealth Great North 5K 2020

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When: Friday 11 September 2020 PM

Where: Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside

What: North East’s biggest 5K running event

How Much: Fee TBC for 2020

Status: Sign up to receive entry alerts

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 Friday evening to launch the weekend's sporting activities and make extra space on Saturday for the popular children's events. The 5km race will be the first event which marks the beginning of the 40 Edition Simplyhealth Great North Run 2020. 

Open to everyone, the Great North 5K is often ran as a warm up in preparation for the half marathon 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 Sage Gateshead.

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 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 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.

  • 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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