Hi all, im doing the Great North Run in September and I've never done it before. I know its a way off but I like to plan ahead so I can book trains and hotel.
My plan is to go up day before and come back on the day afterwards on the train. Question is where is best to stay. Ive been on the website and seems theres a transfer from finish to start or city centre. Ill have a few family members there too, so is it best to say in centre, race start from near centre then just transfer back to centre after the race? Id probably book the train back to Leeds for anytime around 6pm, this gives me ample time after the race doesn't it?
Ive heard accommodation is a mare and just done a quick search on usual chain hotels and says nothing available, blimey, so soon!!
Any experienced great north runners I'd love some advice, thanks.
All the bedspace get booked by a travel company linked to the race and they sell off packages at a bumped up price.
Try the University, also Durham University, and look on Trip advisor for Bed & Breakfast.
The Metro service is very good, and the race starts relatively late on, so you don't need to be rioght in the centre, you could stay anywhere on the Metro really.
I've both travelled up from Leeds early doors and also stayed over (Middlesboro/Teeside area - usually lots of places even booking a couple of motnhe before as you are further out). Then it's a drive to the finish in South Shields aiming to get there around 8am before the roads close, park on the seafront and GNR bus to the start about 8.30ish for a good hour/90minutes absorbance of the Start atmosphere. After the race it's a quick getaway down the coast road south. Done it 3 times stayed over twice and drove up all the way at 5.30am once (tiring but not too bad).
Just a heads up anymore ideas thanks.
The only thing I've got to add is that the first time we did it we didn't realise how far back from the actual starting line we would be placed (although if you're an elite athlete this won't apply!) and how long it would take us to walk there from the drop off point so don't cut it too fine or you'll end up sprinting for your gate and starting the race in a lather and puffed out too soon
Last year we got accommodation sorted out really early and felt very smug until we arrived at our hotel and realised I'd booked the wrong weekend. Utterly wonderful receptionist found us another room in another hotel (Premier Inn) right in the centre! Booked the day we came back ready for this year!
Unless you book as soon as you know you're in, you're screwed. 45,000 runners and their supporters descend on the city that weekend. When I did it I booked a couple of days after getting in (that was in the December before the run) and even then I ended up having to stay in Durham.
I scanned the various hotel booking sites yesterday and saw some horrendous prices to stay in the bigger hotels/chains.The cheap and cheerful accommodation is getting very low and there is not a lot left.Some are asking for multiple night stays only.I managed to get a single room in the University digs near the start through Nirvana which is the GNR official accommadation specialists.It was £45 for one single room for the night including a breakfast.It's the nearest to the start you will get and probably the cheapest.There are not many places left,most are sold out.
If anyone is staying at a Travelodge which offers a crummy breakfast (soggy croissant anyone?), try what we did in 2010 - smuggle a microwave in to your room for the essential pre-run breakfast of porridge
How on earth do you *smuggle* a microwave into the room?
If you need accomodation let me know,some of our cheerleading team have dropped out so i have a double room spare in a top 5 tripadvispr b&b in whitley bay.I've booked for friday and saturday night.
Not trying to make anything from it, just some money back
Thanks, how far from the start? Hmm infact sorry yea I mean the finish?
About half an hour,Im currently doing a job for a customer who has done it 5 times, and lived up there and she says easiest way is to catch the metro to the start, and return from south shields.
I looked at/rang so many places that said they were full, plus im not getting ripped of by paying extortionate prices.
From Whitley bay definitely take metro straight to the start (about 30 mins) and then use the shields ferry and metro to get back to Whitley bay after. All included on a metro day saver for about £4 ish. The ferry metro combo back is much less busy than waiting on the metro in South Shields.
for porridge I wouldn't bother with the microwave just use the pots that only need boiling water from kettle. I use then all the time for half marathons.
Thanks fiona for the advice
Thanks, anyone selling a twin room for 1 night Saturday near Newcastle or town centre, do rooms likely pop up nearer the time on ebay etc and on here from people dropping out.
Your best bet is to try further affield. Towns such as Durham, Darlington and Berwick are on the same train line as Newcastle, so having a car would not be a necessity.
Another suggestion is to stay somewhere with public transport links to the finish. i.e. Sunderland.
ok still struggling, need a twin room ensuite, mother suffers from chrones so need toilet nearby, anyone help please. Just 1 night 14th sept.
Does anyone know what the arrangements are for spectators? I'm running my first GNR this year and my wife will hopefully be coming to watch. Is it fairly easy for her to get from the start to the finish? I'm assuming it will be a Metro journey, but if anyone has any advice.
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