Accommodation close to Half Marathon Start Line

Kenilworth Hotel

NE2 2AL, Newcastle upon Tyne, 44 Osborne Road

Located in Jesmond in Newcastle this family-run hotel offers an on-site bar and contemporary accommodation with free WiFi access. Guests benefit from private parking facilities free of charge. A Victorian conversion, Kenilworth Hotel retains its... read more

434 reviews 8.1

£ 31.00

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Royal Station Hotel- Part of the Cairn Collection

NE1 5DH, Newcastle upon Tyne, Neville Street

Royal Station Hotel is well-located in the heart of Newcastle city centre, adjoining Newcastle Train Station and the Metro system. The Grade I listed hotel has an indoor swimming pool, fitness centre and free WiFi.... read more

6693 reviews 8.1

£ 27.50

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Malmaison Newcastle

NE1 3DX, Newcastle upon Tyne, Quayside

On the banks of the River Tyne, tucked away in Newcastle's vibrant Quayside, this stunning 4-star boutique hotel offers stylish rooms, superb views, a gym, a luxurious spa and free WiFi throughout. The Malmaison Newcastle... read more

2865 reviews 8.8

£ 65.00

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County Hotel Newcastle

NE1 5DF, Newcastle upon Tyne, Neville Street

Newly Refurbished County Hotel is a 4-Star independent hotel that is located in the heart of Newcastle city centre and opposite Newcastle’s Central Rail and Bus Station, this beautifully preserved 19th-century building is now a... read more

3585 reviews 8

£ 45.00

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Hotel Indigo Newcastle, an IHG Hotel

NE1 5XU, Newcastle upon Tyne, Fenkle Street

This boutique Newcastle hotel offers quirky, 4-star accommodation 2 minutes’ walk from Central Station. Its rooms are striking and unique, there is a fantastic Marco Pierre White restaurant on site, and Wi-Fi is free throughout... read more

2152 reviews 8.7

£ 60.00

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Ramada Encore Newcastle-Gateshead

NE8 3AD, Newcastle upon Tyne, Hawks Road, Gateshead Quays

Just 300 metres from the Gateshead Millennium Bridge and the Baltic Art Centre, this modern hotel has a stylish on-site restaurant, bar, gym, and free Wi-Fi throughout. The hotel is located less than 20 minutes'... read more

4690 reviews 8.2

£ 35.00

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Grainger House Hotel

NE15 6RU, Newcastle upon Tyne, Benwell Lane

Grainger House Hotel offers accommodation in a grade 2 listed historical building surrounded by 2 acres of lawns and trees. Guests are guaranteed a private room, some with an en-suite option and also shared bathroom... read more

477 reviews 6.5

£ 27.00

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Grainger Apartments

NE4 9BJ, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1-18 Grainger Apartments Westgate Road

Situated in Newcastle upon Tyne, within 1.7 km of St James' Park and 2 km of Metro Radio Arena, Grainger Apartments offers studio accommodation with free WiFi. Free and secure car parking is available on... read more

477 reviews 8.2

£ 46.75

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AA Gateshead Quay

NE8 3QW, Gateshead, Baltic Quay

Set within 6 km of The Angel of the North in Gateshead, AA Gateshead Quay offers accommodation with free WiFi and flat-screen TV. All units comprise a seating area with a sofa and a fully... read more

54 reviews 7.6

£ 45.00

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Alexander Gateshead

NE8 2AF, Newcastle upon Tyne, Marmion Court, Worsdell Drive

Located within 1.1 km of Sage Gateshead and 1.5 km of Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Newcastle upon Tyne, Alexander Gateshead provides accommodation with free WiFi and flat-screen TV. All units comprise a seating... read more

20 reviews 7.2

£ 45.00

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AA Alexander House

NE1 2JJ, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1a Jubilee Road

Located within 400 metres of Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and 500 metres of Sage Gateshead in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne, AA Alexander House provides accommodation with a flat-screen TV. All units comprise... read more

58 reviews 6.6

£ 30.00

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Beaming Paradise Newcastle

NE6 1DN, Heaton, 127 Shields Road Flat 1

Beaming Paradise Newcastle is situated in Heaton. The apartment has city views and is 50 km from Middlesbrough. The apartment features 2 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV and a fully equipped kitchen that provides guests with... read more

4 reviews 7.8

£ 31.50

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Golden Tulip

NE6 1DN, Heaton, 127 Shields Road Flat 2

Golden Tulip is set in Heaton. The property is 50 km from Middlesbrough, and complimentary private parking is offered. The apartment has 2 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV and a fully equipped kitchen that provides guests... read more

1 reviews 2

£ 27.00

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Summerhill House Apartments

NE4 6QZ, Elswick, 216 Westmorland Road

Located in Elswick in the Tyne and Wear region, Summerhill House Apartments provides accommodation with free WiFi and free private parking. All units include a fully equipped kitchenette, allowing guests to prepare their own meals.... read more

28 reviews 3.1

£ 1.00

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more than 50,000 participants every year

The running event has attracted participants from far and wide ever since it was created in 1981, by the former Olympian and BBC sports commentator Brendan Foster.

The marathon clocked its millionth runner in 2015, and more than 50,000 participants partake in the marathon every year. Participants may enter through a general ballot, or through any of the several charities registered for the event. Charities allow participants on a first-come-first-served basis, unlike general ballot, where entry depends on the luck of draw.

Start Location Half Marathon: Newcastle-upon-Tyne city centre (A167 Central Motorway/Claremont Road)

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Finish Half Marathon: South Shields (Coast Road)

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The race is sponsored by Simplyhealth, as the Simplyhealth Great North Run, and is the world’s largest Half Marathon. It’s one the Uk biggest running events together with the Virgin London Marathon in April and the Great Manchester Run in May.

Where to stay for this running event ?

As it is with any event that attracts sizable crowds, all accommodation options will be heavily booked during the marathon days. The event attracts thousands of participants from other parts of UK and Europe, and several of their supporters, fans, and enthusiasts. Most of them would like to spend a week in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, for this running event.

Newcastle-upon-Tyne has several accommodation options, catering to all budgets, and all preferences. The nearby towns of Gateshead, Harton, Marsden, Jarrow, and Sunderland, through which the Great North Run passes, are all good choices to set base as well.

B&B offers you the chance to experience the local countryside and culture in its real setting, and avoid the touristy hotels. Hostels are yet another option for the budget traveller. A simple search would list several options.

Always read the reviews to ensure of your short-listed accommodation option suits your preference. Consider the facilities on offer, whether there is an attached bathroom, whether you require any extra beds, and the distance from the town. Do some research on the distance of the accommodation to the Great North Run route, and how easy it is to get there. As a general rule, do not go by the prices alone, and at the same time, do not trust all reviews blindly. The best value for money may be had from B&Bs which may be outside the tourist zone, and even outside the city centre, but well connected through public transportation.

The time of Great North Run is peak season, and as such, always book a hotel or B&B well ahead of time.

What is it like to run the Great North Run?

Running the Great North Run half-marathon is an invigorating experience. Not only is there a sense of accomplishment in making the run, there is also a chance to run alongside celebrities such as Mo Farah, who has won the race three times in a raw.

The Run starts from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, on the A167 road, at the edge of the city centre, proceeds through the eastern side of the city centre to cross the iconic Tyne Bridge into Gateshead, and makes it way through A184 in the direction of Sunderland.

After a run of around three and a half miles on A184, the route deviates north-east, towards South Shields, and reaches Jarrow, from where it takes route A1300, passing through Harton and Marsden, to reach the seafront. The final mile runs along the seafront A183, to the finishing line at South Shields. The scenic and pristine route, culminating in the North East coastline, adds to the charm of partaking in the marathon.

Departure after the race

Getting out of Newcastle-upon-Tyne using public transportation could be a hassle immediately after the marathon, considering there would be more than 50,000 participants alone, besides an equally strong contingent of fans, supporters, media personnel, and others. The best option is to linger along and explore the scenic North for a while. 

Apart from the buzzing bars, restaurants, shopping centres, and nightclubs, Newcastle-upon-Tyne offers several attractions such as the ancient castle, Discovery Museum, Centre for Life Science and innovation centre, and more, to keep a visitor engaged for days.

A walk through the historic quayside, the ancient St. Nicholas Cathedral, the Jesmond Dene dell, and other attractions also mesmerise the visitor. The countryside around the city also has several hiking trails, which is a good way to explore nature at its pristine best.

Location and some facts

Name : Great North Run

When : Sunday 12 September 2021

Start Location : The start line is in Newcastle-upon-Tyne city centre on the A167 Central Motorway (Claremont Road)

Finish : South Shields (Coast Road)

Distance : Half Marathon

Price Half Marathon : – £55 per entry

Age : 17 years old and over

Nearest Hotels and B&B’s : in the city centre of Newcastle UK and South Shields.

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