Sunday’s Great North Run will go ahead as planned

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The Great North will go ahead as planned on Sunday (September 11), despite news of the death of Her Majesty the Queen.

Organisers said the race will be an 'opportunity for us to come together and express our condolences, while celebrating the life of our extraordinary Queen'.

Elements of the event will, however, 'be more subdued out of respect to the Royal Family'.

Organisers issued the following statement on the Great North Run website this afternoon:

'We are deeply saddened by the news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II. We offer our heartfelt condolences to the Royal Family. In light of this sad news, there will be a number of planned changes to the Great North Run weekend.

'Sunday’s Great North Run will go ahead as planned. The event has traditionally been a celebration of the extraordinary achievements of ordinary people, this year it will be an opportunity for us to come together and express our condolences, while celebrating the life of our extraordinary Queen.

'The thousands of runners taking part are expected to raise an estimated £25 million pounds in much needed charitable donations, a fitting tribute to the Queen, who lived her life in the service of our country and its people.

'Elements of the runner and spectator experience will be more subdued out of respect to the Royal Family. Whilst we want runners to enjoy the day, we will be encouraging everyone to be mindful of the very sad and very special circumstances in which the event will be taking place, and encourage them to communicate their respect in whichever way they feel appropriate.

'Details of all changes will be directly communicated to participants across the weekend in due course.'

When is the 2022 Great North Run?

The 2022 Great North Run takes place on Sunday 11 September 2022.

How can I get a place in the 2022 Great North Run?

Each year, entry to the Great North Run is via a ballot. This year's draw took place back in February, with successful applicants receiving their race place conformation on 25 February.

Charity places are now closed but you may be able to run for a charity with your own place. More details are on the Run for Charity web page.

How far is the Great North Run?

The Great North Run is a half marathon, so you'll need to run a total of 13.1 miles to reach that finish line.

What is the route of the 2022 Great North Run?

Following an iconic city-to-coast route, the Great North Run starts in Newcastle city centre, before heading over the Tyne Bridge at just before the 2-mile mark. Entering Gateshead, runners will pass the Gateshead International Stadium, before continuing on towards the coast, making a final turn at the 12-mile point and running along the seafront for the final stretch.

The 2022 Great North Run route map can be found on the race website.

What time does the Great North Run start?

The mass start will take place at 10.45, alongside the start of the Elite men.

What is the easiest way to get to the start line?

There's no parking at the start line of the Great North Run, so if you want to drive, you’ll need to park at a Metro station near the start line (Callerton Parkway, Bank Foot, Kingston Park, Regent Centre, Four Lane Ends, Northumberland Park, Heworth, Fellgate, East Bolden or Stadium of Light) and take the Metro from the finish back to the start line.

If you’re travelling to the start by public transport, the nearest bus stations are Haymarket and Eldon Square. If you’re travelling by Metro, the start is about 15 minutes’ walk from the Haymarket Metro Station in Newcastle. South Shields Metro station is about 20 minutes’ walk from the finish line. Trains will be busy, so runners should allow extra time.

How do I get my number for the Great North Run?

Race numbers for the Great North Run will be posted out four weeks prior to the event. If your race pack hasn’t arrived four weeks before the event, email info@greatrun.org and you will be given details as to how you can collect a replacement pack on race weekend.

If you have moved house, you will need to email 10 weeks before to prevent your race pack from being posted to your old address.

I’m in the wrong start wave for the Great North Run – what can I do?

The background colour of your race number and letter determines which start zone you'll be in. Your starting time and wave allocation is based on your estimated running time as stated on your entry form.

If you feel like you’ve been put in a start wave that is too quick, you can move back to a slower part pen on the day. Due to the size of the race, organisers ask runners not to move forward to a faster wave. If you feel like your wave is too slow for your estimated finish time, you can email info@greatrun.org for more details on how you can be moved.

Where are the best places to spectate at the Great North Run?

Some of the most popular places to spectate at the Great North Run are by the start of the race, or by Tyne Bridge, where you can often see the Red Arrows fly overhead. However, this is an extremely well-supported course, so don't worry if you start to flag further along the route – there'll be plenty of cheering faces willing you on! Organisers are reminding spectators that the course is usually extremely busy, so allow plenty of time to get to the finish line if you’re meeting your runner there.

I can’t make it. How else can I watch the Great North Run?

If you can’t make it to Newcastle to spectate, you can watch the Great North Run on television. Usually, the live coverage is on BBC One.

What will the weather be like for the Great North Run?

The weather is forecast as light cloud with a gentle breeze. Expect sunny intervals and humidity of up to 75%. Temperatures could reach 17 degrees Celsius.

I’m injured. Can I give my place to someone else or defer my entry to the 2023 Great North Run?

Up to 10 weeks before race day, you can withdraw from the event and get a refund if you have a doctor's note, which you can send to the Great Run customer services.

For the Great North Run, you will be eligible for a guaranteed entry the following year if you withdraw your entry. Find more information about the withdrawal process on the Great Run customer services page here. Runners can transfer their number to another runner up to six weeks prior to the race for a £10 fee.

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