Great North 10k Family Events

Register for our reminder service and be the first to know when entries are open for our 2017 event. Children up to age 3 years old can take part in the brand new Toddler Dash, where the tiniest of runners will make their way along the short 60-70m route. Children aged 3 to 15 years old can enter the Family Mile, where paying adults (16 years old and over) can join them and run together along the mile course.

Kids and family running the Great North 10k Family Events
Event Time:11:00 am
Event Date:09 July 2017
Event Distance:1 Miles

Running Events

History | Getting Started | Top Events

Running events are some of the most popular types of fitness events out there – and are one of the easiest to get in to, whilst being very tricky to master. Because of this, it is a great place to start when you want to get in to a fitness regime – but there is a lot more to it than simply placing one foot in front of the other!

Runners taking part in a running event

Brief History of Running

Competitive races are thought to have at first started (as with many sports) with the Ancient Greeks, though many other traces link it to the Egyptians, parts of Asia and many other parts of Africa. One of the earliest recorded event is from 1829 BCE at an Irish festival honouring the goddess Tailtiu in a series of sporting events known as the Tailteann Games. A thousand years later in 776 BCE, we have the first record of the Olympics in Greece, and this is likely where many forms of runs and marathons have their origins.

Since then many different type of events have come about – through the Olympic Games are still probably the most famous. Throughout the world events are held all the time from simple small 5k runs to enormous 26 mile sprints like the London Marathon.

How to get started in running events

Luckily it is one of the easiest sports to get in to – you just need to start moving! Starting off with small jogs and sprints is the best way to get started and then you can slowly start to increase distance to build yourself up to bigger and better runs. I’d suggest started off with something like a 5K as this is not too challenging but long enough for you to get a real sense for what is involved in the sport. You can read our article here all about how to prepare for your first 5K which will give you some more insight on how to get your training started.

Once you get started you will quickly see there is a lot more to taking on a run than simply getting out there and jogging. If you are looking to get serious then you may want to start investing in some good gear – a good pair of running trainers is the best place to start. You can also invest in a lot of other running specific clothing too though be warned things can start to get expensive.

Running Races Near Me

There are quite a lot of different runs to choose from depending on what kind of experience you are looking for, we list some of the best running events in the UK, if you know what type of event you want you can click one of the links below to find out more;


Fun Runs  | 5K Runs  | 10K Runs  | Half Marathons  | Marathons


Top Running Events in 2020

We have picked out the best events taking place in 2020. We have lots more listings available, just click on the 'Running Events' tab at the top of this page to find them.

Bournemouth Marathon

Although we have picked this particular event, there are actually 4 different events taking place at the Bournemouth Marathon Festival so you really do have the widest choice available to suit your ability. Not only does it have great options but also stunning scenery, it takes place along the coastline and also the iconic Bournemouth pier. We have been to the Half Marathon event before so check out our review here.

Find out more about the 2020 Bournemouth Marathon


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The Great North 10k Family Events Course

Toddler Dash

This event, for the tiniest of runners, starts and finishes inside the iconic Gateshead International Stadium.

Toddlers will line up on the running straight along by the Stadium's East Stand before setting off on the 60-70 metre route before crossing the same finish line of the Great North 10k Gateshead event.


Family Mile

The Great North 10k Family Mile starts and finishes inside the iconic Gateshead International Stadium.

Runners set off on the mile route, travelling along the stadium track and heading out of the stadium and along past its popular football pitches.

There you will turn onto Tyne Main Road before heading along Neilson Road and returning back into the stadium where cheering crowds will welcome you as you cross the finish line!

Event Location : , Gateshead International Stadium, Neilson Rd, Gateshead , NE10 0EF

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