Accommodation close to Half Marathon Start Line
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
£ 39.10View Rates
NE16 3BE, Gateshead, Clasper Way, Swalwel, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Conveniently located off the A1 at the Metro Centre, this hotel is 10 minute drive from Newcastle city centre. It is walking distance from restaurants, public transport and the intu MetroCentre shopping and entertainment venue.... read more
£ 41.00View Rates
NE3 3HZ, Newcastle upon Tyne, Ponteland Rd, Kenton
With free WiFi and access to a fitness centre, this Novotel offers airport taxi transfers with all Superior and Executive rooms, and a stylish restaurant and bar. The hotel is a 5-minute drive from Newcastle... read more
£ 41.00View Rates
NE1 4DN, Newcastle upon Tyne, Waterloo Square, St James Boulevard
In the heart of Newcastle, just 500 metres from Newcastle Railway Station, this Holiday Inn Express has a stylish bar and modern bedrooms. Eldon Square shopping centre is a 10-minute walk away, and the Metro... read more
£ 42.00View Rates
NE1 1SE, Newcastle upon Tyne, 15 Westgate Road
A stylish air-conditioned hotel just 300 metres from Newcastle Railway Station, within a 2-minute walk of the central bars and restaurants. Sleeperz offers free Wi-Fi access and free national UK calls to landlines. A flat-screen... read more
£ 43.74View Rates
NE2 2AN, Newcastle upon Tyne, 61-73 Osborne Road, Jesmond
In the vibrant Jesmond area of Newcastle, New Northumbria Hotel features 2 restaurants, limited free parking and spacious rooms with free Wi-Fi. West Jesmond Metro Station is a 10-minute walk away. The rooms at New... read more
£ 45.00View Rates
NE2 2AT, Newcastle upon Tyne, Osborne Road, Jesmond
With a stylish bistro and sun terrace, Caledonian Hotel offers spacious rooms with free Wi-Fi. The hotel is in the cosmopolitan Jesmond area, just a mile from Newcastle city centre. Set in a Georgian building,... read more
£ 45.00View Rates
NE1 5EN, Newcastle upon Tyne, Baron House Neville Street
Offering a 24-hour fitness centre, Hampton by Hilton Newcastle is located in Newcastle city centre, opposite Newcastle Central Station. Free WiFi access is available throughout. Each room features bedding with premium mattresses, as well as... read more
£ 47.85View Rates
NE8 3AE, Newcastle upon Tyne, South Shore Road, Gateshead Quays
Overlooking the River Tyne and the Millennium Bridge, the Jurys Inn Newcastle Quays is just 2 minutes’ walk from the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. With an on-site coffee shop, this hotel is less than... read more
£ 51.75View Rates
NE1 4AD, Newcastle upon Tyne, Scotswood Road
Jurys Inn Newcastle is in the city centre, 500 metres from Newcastle Train Station. It has large and light en-suite rooms with power showers. Jurys Inn has contemporary, spacious rooms that offer Dream beds, flat-screen... read more
£ 52.00View Rates
NE1 5DF, Newcastle upon Tyne, Neville Street
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 modern hotel. The O2 Academy and Metro Radio Arena are both... read more
£ 53.10View Rates
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
£ 54.00View Rates
NE2 1NH, Newcastle upon Tyne, 89-91 Jesmond Road
Located in Newcastle upon Tyne, 91 Aparthotel Jesmond Road offers self-catering accommodation with free WiFi access throughout and on-site private parking facilities free of charge. The property is situated 800 metres from Northumbria University and... read more
£ 54.00View Rates
NE1 1EW, Newcastle upon Tyne, 15-25 High Bridge
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Motel One Newcastle boasts modern features, and is centrally located just a 2-minute walk to the historic city centre. Newcastle’s Central Station is just a 6-minute walk from the... read more
£ 59.00View Rates
NE1 6EE, Newcastle upon Tyne, 2-12 Grey Street
The 4-star Grey Street Hotel offers boutique rooms with luxury linens and individual feature walls. The hotel is in Newcastle centre, a 2-minute walk from the Theatre Royal. Free WiFi is provided. The elegant bedrooms... read more
£ 59.50View Rates
NE1 4SD, Newcastle upon Tyne, Gallowgate
With a sports bar and grill restaurant, this hotel has a fitness centre and modern rooms with free Wi-Fi. Sandman Signature Hotel Newcastle is next to St James’ Park, home of Newcastle FC. The colourful,... read more
£ 67.00View Rates
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
£ 71.00View Rates
NE1 3SA, Newcastle upon Tyne, Stephenson Quarter, Forth Street
With an indoor swimming pool, a spa and wellness centre and a fitness centre, the Crowne Plaza Newcastle also benefits from free WiFi. From the property, Newcastle Train Station is 5 minutes’ walk away and... read more
£ 71.00View Rates
NE1 6NL, Newcastle upon Tyne, Buxton Street
Close to the city centre and just moments from the Quayside area, these stylish and modern suites are well appointed with fully equipped kitchens, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Staybridge Suites Newcastle is an all-suite... read more
£ 72.00View Rates
NE8 2AR, Newcastle upon Tyne, Bottle Bank
This 4-star hotel looks out over the River Tyne and the Quayside to Newcastle city centre. It has modern, air-conditioned rooms and a health club with gym and indoor pool. All rooms have granite en... read more
£ 80.75View Rates
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)
Finish Half Marathon: South Shields (Coast Road)
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 9 September 2018
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.