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Great fun at the Great North Run

Billed as the largest half marathon anywhere in the world, the Great North Run takes place each summer, with a route spanning the distance between Newcastle and South Shields in Northumberland. First staged in 1981, it now attracts more than 50,000 elite and amateur runners. World-renowned Olympian Sir Mo Farah broke records when he became the first person to win the event four times in a row between 2013-2017. Head down early to grab a spot on the iconic Tyne Bridge for the best views of the contestants and the mighty River Tyne.

A day out in Newcastle

The capital of the north-east, Newcastle is the starting point for the Great North Run and a fantastic day out in itself. Start at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, one of the leading galleries outside London, before heading into Grainger Town. Newcastle's historic centre, designed by Richard Grainger, is stuffed with wonderful neoclassical architecture. Later, head to Bigg Market for buzzing bars and clubs - popular with stars from TV show Geordie Shore.

Fun by the sea in South Shields

The finish line of the Great North Run, South Shields offers classic seaside fun for the family. Head to Ocean Beach Pleasure Park for traditional theme park rides and arcades. During the warmer months, grab a spot on the Nearby beach to top up your tan or take a dip in the cooling North Sea.

Looking for a cheap hotel Near the Great North Run? Travelodge Newcastle Quayside Hotel is perfectly placed, or Travelodge Newcastle Whitemare Pool Hotel puts you in the middle of the route.