Readers' pictures of the Great North Run 2018 We asked to see your pictures of the 38th Great North Run - and how you responded! More than 43,000 people took part in the annual 13.1-mile race from Newcastle to South Shields.The spotlight usually falls on the elite runners, like Sir Mo Farah, who won yesterday’s race for a record fifth time.There are those running for good causes too - such as Lisa Rutherford and Caroline Curry.They were running in memory of Lisa’s daughter Chloe, 17, and Caroline’s son Liam, 19, who were killed in last year’s Manchester Arena bombing.Then there were thousands of fun runners, who were doing it to prove a point to themselves, to their families, or to their mates down the pub.Whatever your reasons for doing it, well done to everyone who ran, walked, wheeled or crawled over the finish line on The Leas at South Shields.Next year’s event will take place on Sunday, September 8, 2019. The ballot for places will open in … [Read more...] about Picture special: Readers’ photos of the Great North Run 2018
The day is nearly here - and whether you're a runner, a spectator or just want to get out and about on the day, its important to be prepared. Great North Run day is the busiest day of the year for Metro, with tens of thousands of runners and spectators using the system.If you're running 13.1 miles, you don't want getting there and back to feel like a marathon endurance test in itself.Here's everything you need to know about the Metro for the Great North Run 2018.StationsThe nearest station to the start of the run is Haymarket in Newcastle city centre, about a 15 minute walk to the start line. The nearest station to the end of the run is South Shields, about a 15 minute walk from the finish line. There will be a train every 7½ minutes after the race.Extra services will be running but trains and stations will be very busy, so leave extra time for your journey. Crowd control queues will be in place at some stations so be prepared to queue before being able to board a train. Avoid … [Read more...] about This is what you need to know about Metro services for the Great North Run 2018
With the Great North Run approaching at a fair lick, it's a good idea to start planning now on how you’re going to get to the event. More than 57,000 people from all over the UK are expected to take part in this year’s half-marathon so you know that Newcastle city centre will be incredibly busy. Parking is set to be difficult due to Newcastle road closures and - with hordes of people descending on the city from all parts of the country to run the 13.1-mile course or to show their support - driving will be almost impossible. The best way to get to the starting line or to find your way around the Great North Run course is to use Newcastle parking and then take the city's public transport. However, if you have no other option but to drive then here is everything you need to know about travelling by car and parking. Travelling by car It is important to note no event parking is available at the start. We advise you to use one of the following options: Drive and park at the … [Read more...] about Where to park for the Great North Run 2018
The popular Great North Run will be shortly upon us, seeing thousands of eager runners take to the streets of Newcastle, Gateshead and South Shields as part of the annual race. If you’re attending this year’s race, either as a runner or a supporter, there are various ways in which you can make your way to the event.Here’s a breakdown of transport options for the Great North Run 2018.By trainThe train is a great way to get to the Great North run and will take you right to heart of Newcastle, arriving at Newcastle Central Station.If you then wanted to go to South Shields to watch the race unfold from there, the Metro station is located just in front of the train station, making this a great way of travelling out of the city to the seaside location.Different train operators offer services from all over the county to Newcastle, so if you wanted to avoid driving to the race, this is again a great option.By CoachIf you’re travelling in a large group then the coach is … [Read more...] about How to get to the Great North Run 2018
The popular Great North Run will be shortly upon us, seeing thousands of eager runners take to the streets of Newcastle, Gateshead and South Shields as part of the annual race. Olympian Brendan Foster created the famous half marathon in 1981, when fewer than 5,000 runners were expected to attend the race.However, when more than 12,500 runners applied to compete, this set a precedent for the every future race, with the event growing year on year.But when is the Great North Run 2018 and when can you register for next year’s race?Here's everything you need to know about the Great North Run 2018.When will this year’s Great North Run take place?This year’s Great North Run will be back for the 38th time on Sunday, September 9.Participants have to be 17 years and over to take part in the Simplyhealth Great North Run - but the racing weekend holds other events for those too young to take part.The Simplyhealth Junior and Mini Great North Run are taking place over the weekend … [Read more...] about Great North Run 2018: When is this year’s race and when can I register for 2019?