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Great North Run Road Closures

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Road closures affecting traffic

Please note that the following road closures outline the legal road closure times which have been permitted by the relevant authorities, however the actual closure times when participants are using the roads will be managed by professional stewards to minimise distruption.

Road Legal Closure Times
Quayside Rd 06:00am - 7pm
Sandhill 08:00am - 7pm
Swing Bridge 08:00am - 7pm
Bottle Bank (access to Hilton Hotel only) 08:00am - 7pm
Pipewellgate 08:00am - 7pm
Hillgate 08:00am - 7pm
South Shore Rd (Gateshead) 06:00am (Mon 3 Sept) - 23.59 (Sun 9 Sept)

All of the above roads will be heavily marshalled and stewarded to alleviate inconvenience wherever possible and to avoid endangering runners participating in the event.

Anyone requiring access to Queen Street, King Street and Lombard Street on event day can do so using the pedestrian zone on Dean Street.The Watergate car park behind The Guildhall will also be closed during this period.

The Swing Bridge, whilst closed to vehicular traffic will remain open to pedestrians at all times. The Gateshead Millennium Bridge will remain open during the event.

Access to Baltic Quays resident's car park will not be affected.

Bottle Bank will be closed to general traffic and buses. Access to the Hilton Hotel and Curzon Place will be via Oakwellgate, Cannon Street, Church Street and Bridge Street.

South Shore Rd (Gateshead)

In addition to the Junior & Mini Great North Run, the 7 September will see the hosting part of the Great North CityGames. The CityGames is bringing athletes to the streets of NewcastleGateshead Quayside.

The games includes the Elite Men’s Mile & Elite Women’s Mile on a temporary running track that will be installed on South Shore Rd.

To build the track, South Shore Rd and South Shore Rd car park will be closed from 0600 Monday 2 September until 23:59 on Sunday 8 September.

Access will still be permitted to Baltic Quays resident's car park throughout the build.

Please note that to ensure that South Shore Rd is reopened as quickly as possible on Saturday 7 September. Noise levels will be kept to a minimum where possible and we apologise in advance for any disruption.

Mill Road Car Park

The Great North Run Pasta Party - an exciting and free to attend sports exhibition and Pasta Party will take place on Mill Road Car Park on Saturday 7 Setember. Due to the building work required to set up the event the car park will be closed from 23:59 on Sunday 1 September until 23:59 on Monday 9 September. Pedestrian access will be permitted but may be limited throughout certain periods of the build.

Timetable - Saturday 7 September

Junior and Mini Great North Run

07:00

Information Point opens on-site

08:00 Great North Run Event Village opens

09:30

Wave assembly

10:00

Start of Simplyhealth Junior Great North Run Girls - Green Wave (11 - 12 years)

10:10

Start of Simplyhealth Junior Great North Run Girls - Orange Wave (9 - 10 years)

10:55 Wave assembly

11:15

Start of Simplyhealth Mini Great North Run Wave 1 - Purple

11:55

Start of Simplyhealth Mini Great North Run Wave 2 - Blue

12:35

Start of Simplyhealth Mini Great North Run Wave 3 - Pink

13:15

Start of Simplyhealth Mini Great North Run Wave 4 - Orange

13:55

Start of Simplyhealth Mini Great North Run Wave 5 - Green

14:35

Start of Simplyhealth Mini Great North Run Wave 6 - Red

15:05

Start of Simplyhealth Junior and Mini Great North Wheelchair** Wave

15:05 Start of Junior and Mini 50 Wave
15:45 Wave assembly

16:05

Start of Simplyhealth Junior Great North Run Boys - Red Wave (15 - 16 years)

16:10

Start of Simplyhealth Junior Great North Run Girls - Red Wave (15 - 16 years)

16:15

Start of Simplyhealth Junior Great North Run Boys - Blue Wave (13 - 14 years)

16:20

Start of Simplyhealth Junior Great North Run Girls - Blue Wave (13 - 14 years)

16:40

Wave assembly

17:00

Start of Simplyhealth Junior Great North Run Boys - Green Wave (11 - 12 years)

17:10

Start of Simplyhealth Junior Great North Run Boys - Orange Wave (9 - 10 years)

18:15 Great North Run Event Village closes
18:30 Roads reopen (except Broad Chare)
19:30 Broad Chare reopens

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

Great North 5K

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

If you have any queries regarding road closures please contact Great Run at info@greatrun.org.

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