Just to echo everybody else....fantastic event, really well organised, great goodies (loving the magic gloves!) and we were blessed with good weather. Superb race for me and a massive PB. Thank you, Fylde Coast Running, looking forward to one of your 10ks in a few weeks' time.
I can highly recommend the accomodation that Newcastle university provide. I stayed at the Castle Leazes dorms last year. Very basic but excellent value for money. Think it was about £35 and that included a pasta party the night before and a very hearty breakfast on race day. Only ten minutes' walk to the start and pretty easy to get the metro back. Trying to drive out of South SHields is a nightmare and best avoided. The camping idea above is also a good idea but it just depends on how badly you want a good nights' sleep before race day!