Great North Run

Accomodation recommendations?

17 messages
08/02/2006 at 20:35
I'm in the GNR for the first time this year and was wondering whether anybody can recommend accomodation for it.
Ease of getting to the start would be a major plus.
08/02/2006 at 20:58
hi there :)

me eating beef salard sand at moment have you tried the premier travel inn around Newcastle I manage to get booked last year as they book up very quick, me doing this one for first time as last year was unable to do due to health

good luck
08/02/2006 at 21:37
Thanks Bugsy! I'll give them a go.
08/02/2006 at 21:46
Hi there :)

just found letter from the Newcastle South premier travel inn the price per room per night has increased to £70 and they are asking for full payment by 31st August hope this helps, I know its a bit dear sorry, hope it still helps you the Central reservation tel no 0870 242 8000 or www.premiertravelinn.com

good luck
08/02/2006 at 21:55
Newcastle Premier Inns seem to be booked up.
They suggested Carlisle as an alternative...
08/02/2006 at 23:53
Try www.clickandstay.co.uk/bupa-great-north-run.html

Includes general info and a search of a load of local hotels. Best of all, you only pay when you check in for most of them. Do for the one I'm booked into.
09/02/2006 at 12:21
When you book, check the distance to the nearest Metro station (Tube); the traffic at the finish is horrendous so the only way out for hours is by Metro
09/02/2006 at 15:22
Last year we parked at the finish with friends. After the race we hung around to have a bite to eat and drove off. Wasn't too bad getting out, but had parked the car quite early so wasn't a huge queue out of the car park. Previous year we'd experienced massive queues getting onto Metro (hour plus we were warned). I think it's just the luck of the day. Plus the later you leave it the more roads are reopened.

It's a shame there isn't more to do at the end so everyone doesn't just leave straight away.
09/02/2006 at 20:16
Nirvana Europe is a really good company for this sort of thing. They have accommodation all over the North East, often very, very cheap. In 2004 I stayed in the Halls of Residence of Durham Uni, only £25 a night with a coach to and from the race.

The website is http:www.nirvanaeurope.com but its not fully working at the moment.
10/02/2006 at 00:00
hi :)
13/02/2006 at 21:13
first time i used b+b so had to use the metro....bad idea.last year i camped about 1/2 mile from the finish and used buses laid on by organisers,worked really well and the camping was less than £10 :0)
JGr
13/02/2006 at 21:21
Wath out for the 'Quality' Hotel in the city centre. Bit of a let down but handy to the pubs afterwards!!!
14/02/2006 at 13:44
Wirral Dave: "Nirvana Europe is a really good company for this sort of thing. They have accommodation all over the North East, often very, very cheap."

Not in my experience, unfortunately. Nirvana book up pretty much everything in sight about a year in advance and sell the rooms on for a very hefty premium. I'm desperately trying to escape their clutches but it's not easy.
14/02/2006 at 14:06
Jury's Inn, Newcastle. £70 for a twin on the Sunday night.
15/02/2006 at 22:00
Thanks for all the recommendations. I've booked a hotel near Durham. Looked to be the best available location for driving to South Shields in the morning.
(I'm not brave enough to take my 1-yr-old camping just yet...)

Cheers.

JTS

17/02/2006 at 19:40
Nirvana is looking stupid this year - £100 a night is the cheapest they are quoting for staying on Saturday and Sunday which is far more than I'm prepared to pay.

Anyone got any links for decent campsites - my googling hasn't been much cop for South Shield campsites.
JGr
18/02/2006 at 12:04
booked the Longhirst Hall Classic near Morpeth. Looks lovely and cheaper than the s**t hole of a room I had last year booked through Nirvana

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