From tomorrow (29 August) onwards, office workers in Newcastle will now be able to get active during their lunch break with the launch of a new weekly 2k and 5k run. The lunch time run, which will start in the city centre, has been organised by Great North Run who have teamed up with NE1.
Every Thursday at 12.45, the new weekly city run of either 2k or 5k will start at Newcastle’s iconic Quayside and take in a route along the river – both routes will start and finish at the Swirle Pavillion on the Quayside and will be organised by Great Run Local with volunteering staff from Ward Hadaway, Barclays Bank and North P&I Club along with Great Run Local volunteers.
The event is designed for all abilities from absolute beginners to experienced runners and aims to encourage teams of office workers to don their trainers and get out, have some fun and get healthy. It is the latest in a series of initiatives NE1 Ltd has launched in Newcastle to introduce fun and active events to get people involved and help improve the health of the city centre.
Tom Lavender Great Run Local general manager at the Great Run Company said: “We are delighted to be working alongside NE1 to deliver Great Run Local Newcastle Quayside, making this our 27th weekly run in the UK. Great Run Local encourages participation in sport for all ages and abilities and will deliver so many benefits for city centre workers. It’s fun, it’s free and it's good for you.
“There will be also be a social start and finish area on the Quayside for participants to meet new people, interact with other runners, share stories and encourage each other. Runners will get their own personal Great Run Local Timing Tag, so they can track their progress through our unique mobile app.”
Participants are invited to join online before the event or they can register on the day. Further information is available here.