With 5,000 runners expected to compete at Sunday’s (9 July) Simplyhealth Great North 10K Gateshead, it looks likely the event is set for a record breaking day for a second consecutive year. The race stands as the biggest 10k in the region and, like its sister event, it offers participants the opportunity to run beneath the Tyne Bridge.
First staged in Sunderland in 2009, the race was relocated to Gateshead and takes competitors through some of the North East’s most iconic landmarks, including Sage Gateshead, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge before crossing the finish line at the Gateshead International Stadium track.
Part of the 5,000 strong field will be The Gurkhas, who have become popular fixture at the event having competed in five previous years. Around 200 of the Nepalese soldiers, based at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire, will use Sunday’s 10k as part of their intensive fitness regime.
David Hart, communications director at the Great Run Company, said: “The Simplyhealth Great North 10K Gateshead continues to grow, and is now a firm favourite in the North East’s running calendar, with many people using it as training for the Simplyhealth Great North Run just nine weeks later.”
David added: “The family events are a stepping stone for runners of the future, and Gateshead International Stadium provides the perfect setting.”
Look out for runABC North’s race report early next week.