Training: Need To Know For The GNR 2019
If you're heading to Newcastle in a few weeks for the Great North Run, please ensure you read the below carefully...

Race Day Information

Your magazine from the organisers contains all sorts of extremely useful information, including a travel guide, details on what to expect at the start and finish and a route map with the different mile markers (if for some reason you did not receive your magazine all this information will be available on the Great North Run website).

Please be aware that the Metro also gets extremely busy with large queues of people trying to get both to the finish line and back into town, so do make sure your friends and family allow plenty of time to get to you if you are all meeting at the end.

If you have any worries or concerns about race day itself, you can email in advance.

On the Day

Along with the magazine, you should have received your race number and timing chip. You will need to ensure you fill in any additional personal details on the reverse of your number - and make sure you take your own safety pins to fasten your run number on to your top!

If you wish to use the baggage buses, make sure you fill on your baggage label the night before and attach it to your bag (or if you don’t need to use the baggage buses discard it). The buses are colour-coded to match your run number.

Your timing chip is personalised to this race, so do not swap with anybody else. The chip will measure an accurate time, which will be available after the race at It must be worn on your shoe so that it is triggered by the timing mats at the start, at various points along the route and at the finish.

Travel and Accommodation

There will be thousands of runners heading to Newcastle to take part in the Great North Run, not to mention their supporters, and many of these will be travelling from all over the country. Therefore, the hotels will get booked up extremely quickly in Newcastle and the surrounding areas.

If you haven't yet secured your accommodation and transport, I recommend you book them as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Check out the official Great North Run website for more information on accommodation, transport and race day transfers.

Supporter T-shirts

Family Holiday Association t-shirts are a great way to raise awareness of the charity, and can make it a lot easier to spot your friends and family in the cheering crowd.

If you would like me to send you some t-shirts for your supporters to wear on the day, please email me to let me know how many you need and in what size. They are unisex and available in small, medium, large, x-large and xx-large.

Great Run App

You can download the free app from iTunes or Google Play. It contains loads of event day information and your supporters can track you live along the course! 

I apologise that the charity is unable to attend the event this year, but we will be thinking of you and wish all the very best of luck!

If your friends and family are able to take some photos of you pre- and post- race in your running vests (and with your medals!), or some ‘action shots’ along the route, we would love to see them! 




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