The Great North Run is an iconic half marathon with more than 54,000 runners registering to take part every year.
From humble beginnings in 1981 with just 12,000 runners, the Simplyhealth Great North Run is now Britain’s biggest participation event.
Starting in Newcastle, the course takes in the iconic Tyne Bridge, passes the famous Gateshead International Stadium and finishes in the coastal town of South Shields. Live music, on-course refreshment and thousands of cheering supporters keep runners motivated every step of the way.
Many world-class athletes have taken on the challenge including local international and winner of the very first race, Mike McLeod as well as some of the most famous names in distance running, Paula Radcliffe and Mo Farah.
The Great North Run Culture programme is an annual series of arts projects, events and exhibitions which celebrate sport and art. It was established in 2005 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Great North Run and works with some of the leading figures from the cultural world.
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