AliBallyBee- I have always started on LHS in Orange pens and found it fine in terms of congestion, although there always seem to be people going slow/walking from the start. Think I may try RHS for a change this year.
Dave, you can change, but need race time evidence, but Orange D is near the front and you shouldn't be too hampered by slower runners.
Westoe RFC in South Shields allows people to camp there (I think) for a small fee - check out their website or give them a call.
and the Jarrow Brewery team, just after the Bupa Boost Station on the John Reid Road - glass of beer, far better than Powerade
The Metro system works really well and you shouldn't worry about that part of your travel plans.
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