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04th September 2018 Angela Upex

The countdown to the Great North Run 2019 begins

The Great North Run 2019 is gearing up for action this September with more than 57,000 people set to compete in the sporting event of the year.

This year the race celebrates its 38th year as an integral part of North East culture and as one of the world’s largest races, the Great North Run is a prominent date in the sporting calendar for professional runners and keen racers alike.

Capturing the Northern Spirit perfectly with its charitable causes and the support of cheering locals, it’s difficult to imagine what Newcastle and Gateshead would be without it.

With thousands of runners set to congregate  from all corners of the country on Sunday September 8 2019, accompanied by families and friends, the weekend of the Simplyhealth Great North Run is a huge event.


Runners crossing the Tyne Bridge

Stars from across the world of entertainment, TV and sport will be joining the tens of thousands of runners signed up to this year’s Great North Run.

Last year, comedian Ross Noble and River Cottage chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall haven taken part on behalf of the Newcastle Can campaign: the chef’s Newcastle weight-loss challenge to tackle obesity.

History of the Great North Run

The Great North Run itself was inspired by former Olympic 10,000m Bronze medallist Brendan Foster.

Foster had taken part in New Zealand’s Round the Bays Race in 1979 and wanted to create a similar fun run experience near his hometown of Hebburn in County Durham.

He helped to organise the ‘Gateshead Fun Run’ in 1977, a pioneering event which would pave the way for the Great North Run to become one of the biggest half marathon’s in the world.

Starting just outside the centre of Newcastle before crossing the famous Tyne Bridge into the borough of Gateshead, the race passes through some of the region’s most well-known suburbs before reaching the picturesque South Shields coast.

Where is the best place to watch the Great North Run?

Key vantage points include the start of the Great North Run at the Newcastle Town Moor. Spectators can stand on one of the bridges over the central motorway to see everyone pass below. Or head down to the Tyne Bridge or Quayside to watch the runners pass by and the Red Arrows fly overhead.

Spectators watching out for a participant are advised to choose a viewing point and stick to it or else they risk getting lost in the crowds and missing their loved ones entirely.

Other vantage points can be along the route of the A184 Felling Bypass or at the South Shields finish which is about a 15 minute walk from the Metro station.

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