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September 9, 2016

The Angel of the North but is Newcastle really a good place for runners?

The answer is Undoubtedly! Within the UK, it is perhaps more famed for a raucous approach to a Saturday night but Newcastle is home to a huge variety of differing running routes and also the Great North Run!

The Great North Run, established in 1981, is the pinnacle running event of the North and the biggest half marathon in the world! This year it will attract a whopping 57,000 runners including some of the best distance runners in the world such as XXX and our very own golden Mo Farah.

With such a strong heritage and inclusive culture, it’s a run that we are proud to partner and we have special event packages for those taking part that you can find it here: [INSERT LINK]

Events aside, staying in Newcastle there are some key places to go out and get a run in.

For focussed run training and specific distances then head to the biggest green area in the city centre, which is Town Moor and the adjacent Nun’s Moor park. Sitting north of the Tyne River and at a raised height, they overlook the city with a stunning view of St. James’s park football stadium, home of the famous Newcastle United.

They offer a large enough area for those looking to get some real miles in but are also not too repetitive – doing small loops of somewhere will make you bored even before you get dizzy! The most obvious and simple route through Town Moor is an obvious loop that is an exact 5K route and makes it perfect for a quick training session. You’ll also see a bit of wildlife there as Town Moor is home to a large number of cattle that graze there protected by Newcastle City Council.

To explore the city and make sure you really SEE Newcastle then you need to head to the place that made it famous as a shipbuilding and manufacturing town, it is of course the river!

The river Tyne is up to 62 miles long and flows from Tynemouth through the heart of Newcastle city and the majority of Newcastle’s most attractive places lie on its banks. While running the length is something a handful of ultra-athletes might only consider, starting on either side there are paths with a whole host of bridges as crossing points so you can enjoy a deeply interesting and scenic route through the bustling city centre. The most famous is the Millennium Bridge which was the world’s first pivoting bridge that allows for ships to pass through.

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