Great North Run Index

Everything you should be reading before taking part in the 2009 Bupa Great North Run, including half-marathon training advice, race-day tips and essential event guides


Posted: 14 September 2009

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If you’re one of the 50,000 runners gearing up to pound the streets of Newcastle on September 20 then this page is just for you!

From the perfect two-week taper to nipping race-morning nerves in the bud, trouble-free transport to supporter hotspots, we’ve pulled together a feast of articles for you to pore over for the next thirteen days...

Half-Marathon Solutions

Beginner, elite, veteran or fundraiser – these two articles will equip you with the technical know-how to run your first (or fastest) half:

Tapering

Two weeks out from the big day and you should be thinking about easing up your training, allowing your mind and body time to recover from months of hard work. Cast your eyes over our half-marathon taper guide (non-subscriber preview) for advice on adapting your schedule, tweaking your diet and boosting your mental strength over the course of the next fortnight.

Predict your pace

Type in your target time, and we’ll calculate the mile or kilometre splits you'll need to hit along the way. Print it out and pop it on your wrist for race-day; print out another and give it to your supporters so they’ll know when to spot you.

The Big Day

Bookmark these essential event guides to help your day run like clockwork...

  • Interactive Course Map
    Get to know every twist and turn, gentle incline and crowded hotspot, so there's nothing left to surprise you on race morning.


  • Race Route
    Another no-nonsense mile-by-mile guide, leading you from the famous Tyne Bridge to the deafening crowds at South Shields.

  • Survivor’s Guide
    Crowds, Geordies, beer en route – brace yourself for one racing experience you definitely won't be forgetting in a hurry...

  • Spectator’s Guide
    Make sure your support crew have a memorable experience too with this handy guide to sneaking the best views, soaking up the atmosphere and escaping the bedlam after.

  • A Great North Weekend
    Make sure your Great North Run weekend runs like clockwork by following our guide to getting the most out of your stay in Newcastle.

  • 2008 Race Ratings
    Cast your eyes over more than 120 first-hand accounts of last year's event and you'll get a real feel of what to expect from start to finish.

  • Costume Drama
    One for the sunflowers, hot dogs and cartoon characters among you.

  • Great North Run Website
    The official race website, including more detailed travel information, details about the start and finish areas and a guide to the celebrity line-up.

Last-Minute Reads

Join The Chat

Need advice? Fancy meeting up with fellow RW members at the start? Pop onto the GNR thread for a healthy dose of pre-race banter.

Good luck!



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