GNR at 40

The Return Of Northern Sole

Some 57,000 runners will toe the line as the North East's flagship event returns this weekend...

It’s back. After almost two years, runners in the Toon (and beyond) are getting set for the run of their lives as the iconic Great North Run returns to centre stage on Sunday. 

Organiser, Great Run said: “We’ve been waiting for this day for almost two years, and we can’t wait to give runners a day to remember! 

“The Red Arrows will be popping round for a fly-by on the day and soaring across the skies of Newcastle on event day, so keep a look out for the iconic sight as the fly overhead.”

And it’s not just the Red Arrows who will be providing entertainment for the masses. There will be music and event updates blasting out on the PA, interviews with celebrities and charities, videos and live BBC coverage shown on the big screens and plenty more to keep your mind busy while you wait for your start time to arrive.

In a sign that life really is starting to get back to normal, it is expected that some 57,000 determined and dedicated runners will be toeing the line at this year's event, ready to enjoy a race day atmosphere like no other. 

Over the last four decades the Great North Run has become an inextricable part of the fabric of North East life. A badge of honour, a source of pride and the ultimate celebration of all that makes the region great; perseverance, determination and a lot of heart. 

As the run celebrates its landmark 40th staging, GNR40 Heritage has been telling the history of this iconic event and the region that made it great. A lot has changed since 1981, but like the race itself, the North East keeps moving forward.

If you or a loved one is taking part in this year’s event then make sure to download the free and updated Great Run App for live updates, tracking, selfie filter and all event info! This handy pocket guide will keep you right on track. Download for Android here and Apple here

More about the Great North Run can be found at the event website

Image: Great North Run Facebook

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