Great North Run tracking: How to track runners using the Great Run app

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Anyone who can’t make the race this weekend can still keep an eye on their loved one.

Keeping track of anyone you know taking part in the Great North Run can be a tough task. Public transport is very busy across the region and huge crowds line the route, meaning it is highly unlikely any spectators will be able to see their friends or family more than once throughout the course.

Luckily for spectators, race organisers design an app to help track runners as they follow the half marathon from Newcastle to the seafront at South Shields on Sunday, September 10.

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How to download the Great North Run tracking app

The app is available to download on the Google Play store and Apple Store at no cost whatsoever. It is simply named ‘Great rRun’ on both apps as it also tracks runners across other events organised by the Great Run company.

How can I track Great North Run participants through the event app?

The app is really simple to use when tracking runners on the day. All those looking to keep an eye on the success of their loved ones need to know is a runner’s name or their bib number.

When opening up the app, select the Great North Run at the top of the page and users will then be given multiple on-screen options along the bottom of the device.

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After selecting the tracker at the bottom of the screen, users can then search for a participant by either their name or bib number.

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Tracking is possible through a device which is attached to the runners' race number. Split times are given by participants running over mats throughout the course which is updated to the app in seconds. These are usually available at every mile or kilometre point.

What else is available through the Great North Run app?

The app also includes a series of easy to access maps for both the start and finish areas as well as a link to the full event guide.

All information is also available online, but the app offers mobile friendly browsing.

A full event timetable is also available through the app.

The day of the race will see the app spring into life with live event notifications as well as leaderboards for the elite categories.