The Bupa Great North Run is the world’s biggest half marathon which takes place in England. It is the premier event in the Great Run series and is established as the world’s leading half marathon. The Great North Run, was first staged in 1981 where just over 12,000 people took part on the 13.1 mile course from Newcastle upon Tyne to South Shields; with entries reaching 57,000 people in 2014.
The event is broadcast on BBC and attracts a host of world-class athletes. Previous runners include some of the most famous names in distance running; Mo Farah, Paula Radcliffe and Haile Gebrselassie.
Event TypeHalf Marathon
Men: 9:00 am
women: 9:00 am
You can register on the official website of Bupa Great North Run. The fees is £109.16 per entry+ £21.84 VAT for overseas runners. For UK runners £80.00 per entry + £16.00 VAT.
The general ballot for the 2015 Great North Run will open in early January 2015 will be kept open for about four weeks while people apply for places. Everyone who enters the ballot will be sent an email in late February to let you know whether or not you have got a place. The general entry ballot is now closed.
Course / Route Map
Starting in Newcastle upon Tyne the 13.1 mile route takes runnes 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.
Race Profile / Elevation Map
Time Limits & Cutoffs
- Timing chip is used to record the time of the runners.
Men: Martin Mathathi 58:56 (2011)
Women: Paula Radcliffe 65:40 (2003)
Prize Money & Awards
Men & Women: 1st – £500.00, 2nd – £300.00, 3rd – £200.00
T-Shirts, Medals, Certificates
- All finishers will receive a finisher’s pack containing a medal, t-shirt (with the exception of the Great Ireland Run as t-shirts are sent out prior to the event), a drink, and a space blanket.
- You can download the finisher certificates from the website.
Water Stops & Refreshments
- There are six drinks stations on the route.
- Bottled Aqua-Pura water is available at 3 miles, 5¾ miles, 8½ miles and 11½ miles.
- Powerade ION4 will be available at the start and finish and also at 4½ and 10 miles.
Expected Race Day Weather
- Temperature: 64°F to 58°F
- Humidity: 62% to 95%