BUPA Great North Run

Runners competing in a road race

From Newcastle-Upon-Tyne to South Shields, the Bupa Great North Run is an event that puts world class athletes alongside thousands of amateur runners and enthusiastic fundraisers for the UK's biggest half marathon. 

First run in 1981, with the idea conceived by former Olympic 10,000 m Bronze medallist and BBC Sport commentator Brendan Foster, the Bupa Great North Run now attracts more than 50,000 runners every year. This year's half marathon takes place on Sunday 16 September.

All of those runners head to the start line at Spital Tounges, in the North West of Newcastle and down the hill into the heart of Newcastle, before crossing the Tyne and heading eastwards towards South Shields.

En-route, runners will encounter one of the most demanding road racing courses in the UK, with the hilly course peaking at the Black Bull Junction, around five miles into the course; more than 60 m above sea level.

Whether you are planning to take part in the race or lining the streets to cheer on the runners, check the weather forecast before setting off.

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Forecast

7 September - Check the local weather forecast if you are taking part in this year's BUPA Great North Run.

The sight of swathes of runners crossing the Tyne Bridge is undoubtedly the iconic image for the spectators of the Great North Run, as well as the millions watching on television - whether they are watching for the elite athletes, or for the fancy dress and charity runners - that make this such a popular event.

When it comes to elite runners, the race has been won in the past by such road running legends as Ethiopia's Haile Gebrselassie, two-time winner Martin Lel (who also holds the record time of 59:32), Paula Radcliffe and Tanni Grey-Thompson, meaning that the Great North Run is one of the few events that allows spectators to witness some of the world's best athletes for free.

Running and the weather

The Great North Run has seen varying conditions in the past 30 years. From extremely wet days to days that were extremely warm for mid September, which made the run very difficult for the charity runners.

The participants will be looking for a cool and cloudy day, with a light breeze to make for the best running conditions.

On Saturday 6 September Newcastle and Gateshead will also host the BUPA Great North 5K race.

For further information about the event, visit the  Bupa Great North Run website.

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