The 2017 Great North Run will take place on Sunday 10 September - make sure you sign up to the reminder service so that we can let you know when entries into the ballot open. Now, it's time to relax!
Starting in Newcastle upon Tyne the 13.1 mile route takes runners through the city centre towards the River Tyne where thousands of people will cross over the iconic Tyne Bridge, where if you're lucky, you might get a glimpse of the Red Arrows passing overhead. From there runners will travel through Gateshead while being entertained many bands on the run. The route, lined by thousands of supporters, leads runners to South Shields where at the top of Prince Edward Road the view of the sea is one of the most welcoming sights along the whole course. From that point there is just over a mile to go and the crowds get louder as runners make their way down the final straight towards the finish gantry.
The Junior and Mini courses both start on the Newcastle side of the River and take the young runners across to Gateshead via the Swing Bridge. The Juniors have a slightly extended version that loops along the river, but both the Juniors and the Minis will cross back across the Gateshead Millennium Bridge towards the finish line on the Newcastle side.
The Great North Run is definitely one for the experience bucket list. The course is buzzing the whole way round but is mostly boring roads. There are plenty of feed stations, lots of people and an amazing atmosphere. Lovely to finish on the iconic coast
Whether you're a fun runner or an elite, the Great North Run is a fantastic experience. The event organisers, the volunteers, the supporters, and even the runners all play a vital part in making this run an amazing weekend. With stars like Mo Farrah and Nell McAndrew joining in, who wouldn't want to take part? As for the charities, their part is also just as important as they are being represented by the runners to spread awareness and raise cash for their cause whilst supporting from the sidelines and at the finish in the charity village where emotions run high from the sheer relief of crossing that line either in memory of a loved one or simply just to help, either way the people in the charity village are extremely helpful and it's a great place to meet your family and friends. All in all a fantastic day out!!
The claim that this is the greatest half marathon in the world is one that I would now say is extremely substantiated. The entire day was extremely well thought and planned, and everything went off without a hitch. You couldn't run more than 100 meters, from start to finish, without someone being stood at the side of the road cheering everyone on. It really did give you a mental push to keep going even when all you wanted to do was stop. The support given by other runners on the course was also superb. The number of people I saw give up on their own time in order to help someone make it over the finish was astounding and these people deserve more plaudits than most. There were, however, a couple of downsides. First was the amount of time it took from the race starting to actually crossing the start line. Unless you are in one of the first few gates, you're going to wait a while. I was in the last but one gate and it took around 45 minutes to actually get to the start line. Mo had practically finished before I had even started. Although in a race with so many participants, it's hard to avoid without setting up multiple starting points and then having them merge somewhere. The next downside was the weather. The North East of England should never be allowed to get that hot!!
A fantastic experience! I couldn't put the atmosphere of the GNR into words. All the runners, all the spectators, an amazing course and brilliant weather made the GNR 2016 one of the best experiences in my life. I'll definitely try to get a place in 2017 again!
My first half, and by far the biggest event I have ever entered. From the start it was just awesome. Well organised, clear signage, lots of toilets, fabulous atmosphere and the cheering crowds all along the route were unbelievable! I had a ball and am so glad I chose this as my first half to run. Now to get back to training and improve upon that time!
I love this race, it was my 7th time running it, the atmosphere is amazing and the crowds carry you along the way. Regular water stations and easy to read mile markers, with timing mats along the route. There are showers for runners to run through if they're too hot. The Red Arrows gave a great display. The was a decent goody bag, medal and t-shirt. There are plenty of loos, food outlets and a great charity village.
The Great North Run has to be one of the best half marathons to do in the world. The crowds are amazing, the warm-up is hugely uplifting and the overall organisation is superb.