Great North Run: Everything we know about the 2023 event so far – route, times, Red Arrow information and more

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We we are now less than 12 weeks away lots is already planned for the day of running in the North East.

Training plans across the North East and wider areas may not be finalised and anyone preparing to run the Great North Run will now be starting their preparations for the big day.

There are now less than 12 weeks until the huge half marathon takes over Newcastle, Gateshead and South Tyneside and race organisers recently sent additional information to all runners who will be taking part. This is everything we know so far about the 2023 Great North Run.

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When is the 2023 Great North Run?

Great North Run 2023: Everything we know about the half marathon so far including route, start times and more. Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty ImagesGreat North Run 2023: Everything we know about the half marathon so far including route, start times and more. Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images
Great North Run 2023: Everything we know about the half marathon so far including route, start times and more. Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

This year’s Great North Run will take place on Sunday, September 10.

How long is the Great North Run?

The route, which runs from Newcastle to South Shields, is a half marathon course. This is 13.1 miles or 21 kilometers.

What is the Great North Run route for 2023?

The route according to Great Run’s website will remain the same as the 2022 edition of the race, which will see runners start on the A167 next to the Town Moor before following the road east around the city centre and over the Tyne Bridge into Gateshead. From here they will take a left onto Park Lane until they reach the intersection with Leam Lane. Following this road through South Tyneside, they will reach a roundabout taking them onto John Reid Road and Prince Edward Road before the final stretch runs along the Coast Road in South Shields.

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What time will the Great North Run start?

This year the race will begin at 11am.

Will the Red Arrows be at the 2023 Great North Run, and when will they fly?

Organisers have confirmed the Red Arrows will be making a return to the event.

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The team did not perform at the 2022 edition of the event following the death of Queen Elizabeth II and only flew over the Tyne Bridge in 2021 due to the out-and-back nature of the route for the first iteration of the race since the Covid pandemic.

Runners also missed out on the group in 2020 due to the cancellation of the event and 2019 with the RAF citing commitments abroad as the reason behind the aerobatic team missing the run.

Runners and spectators should look to the skies at 11:30am on race day when the team are expected to fly over the Tyne Bridge. They will then head to South Shields to get ready for a 1:45pm display on the coastline.

Can I still sign up to run the 2023 Great North Run?

Is all of this information making you feel a bit jelous? No need to worry, as there are still places available to some runners. These come from charity places which can be chosen by the runner themselves. Be quick though, the deadline for charity places is the start of July.

When is the Great North Run Tyne Bridge display going to be up?

The Great Run company has confirmed the famous artwork will begin being assembled on Sunday, June 25.