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Great North 10K runners

A Canny Comeback!

Runners in the north east are in for a treat as the Great North 10K makes its return...

Wey aye, man! In just over three weeks the Great North 10K will return to Gateshead, continuing a memorable summer of running in the north east of the country. Following the cancellation of most events in 2020, this year’s Great North 10K on Sunday 4 July, continues the return of mass participation events in the region. 

The event retains all of the best bits which have proved a big hit with participants in previous years, most notably the route which takes runners on a tour of the Tyne and past some of the city’s most famous landmarks, before a grandstand finish inside Gateshead International Stadium. The race finale inside gives runners a very special opportunity to enjoy their own finish line moment on the track that saw athletic superstars such as Dina Asher-Smith perform in May.

Renowned for a relaxed and fun atmosphere, the Great North 10K will also feature the infamous ‘Slog on the Tyne’ hill section, three on-course entertainments including a ‘Fog on the Tyne’ music zone, and the ‘Rehydration Station Crew’ manned by firefighters.

The Great Run Company's Paul Foster said: “It’s been nearly two years since we saw high-fives at the finish, runners posing with medals, and finisher’s t-shirts being worn with pride. We can’t wait to celebrate running together again at the Great North 10K.

"To keep runners safe there will be additional safety measures in place, but the thrill of being part of a big running event and the unbeatable feeling of crossing the finish line, will be even more special this year. 

"It’s a unique event that will have you smiling from start to finish, and to help at the end we always promise runners a warm Geordie welcome into the stadium with music blaring and tannoys blazing.

"Whether you do it for the challenge, to fundraise, for the medal, or simply for fun, join us because this year it’s all about the comeback!”

It’s not all about the adults though, the event also includes the Great North Family Run, a 1 mile challenge for the running stars of the future (age 3+) to take centre stage and earn their own medal. The Great north 10K is accessible and welcoming to all, whether seasoned club runners, or people new to the sport of running looking to take part in their first ever event.  

For more information and to enter visit the event website

Image courtesy of The Great Run Company. 

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