Organisers Nova International have announced that entries for the fifth staging of the Bupa Great North 10K Gateshead are now open. The race, scheduled for Sunday 23 June, will mark an eventful day for athletics in the north east as it will coincide with the final day of competition at the European Athletics Team Championships.
First staged in Sunderland in 2009, the 10k moved to Gateshead two years later and has become one of the most popular in the region with over 5,000 runners taking part. The route takes in iconic landmarks including The Sage Gateshead, Gateshead Millennium Bridge and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, before finishing inside Gateshead International Stadium, where the final day of the European Athletics Team Championships will be staged later that day.
The two-day competition is the first major athletics event in the UK after London 2012 and will see more than 600 athletes from 12 countries battling to become European Team Champions. Team GB and NI will be competing in the event, which is the successor to the European Cup and was staged in Gateshead in 1989 and 2000.
Dave Newton, managing director of Nova said: "The Bupa Great North 10K Gateshead is the biggest road race in the region behind the Great North Run, so we're delighted that it's being associated with a world-class athletics event at Gateshead International Stadium in 2013."
On its staging on the same day as the European Championships, Dave added: "It's the perfect opportunity to take part in the region's biggest 10k running event, and cross the same finish line as Olympians and medal winners from across Europe."
Entries for the Bupa Great North 10K cost £25. More information is available here.