5,000 set to compete in the Great North 10K run

THE first Great North 10K to be held on Tyneside will see thousands of runners take to the streets tomorrow.

Anna Foster, from Metro Radio, Charlie Spedding and Stacey Smith launch the Bupa Great North 10k race

THE first Great North 10K to be held on Tyneside will see thousands of runners take to the streets tomorrow.

The event will take place in Gateshead for the first time, with run organisers expecting a record turnout.

The event had been held in Sunderland since its launch two years ago.

The course will now see 5,000 runners start on Saltmeadows Road, outside Gateshead International Stadium.

The new route will take runners past the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, the Sage Gateshead, the Millennium Bridge and the Tyne Bridge.

David Newton, managing director of event organisers, Nova International said: “We’re looking forward to an exciting day in Gateshead, with runners from around the region as well as across the UK taking part.

“Hitting our capacity of 5,000 means the event is now the region’s second largest after the Bupa Great North Run, and we’re looking forward to welcoming all our runners to the new course.”

Among those taking part are Tracey Watson and Kim Allen, from Birtley, Gateshead, and Michelle Turnbull, from Low Fell, Gateshead.

The sisters are attempting their first ever Bupa Great Run to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society, one of the Bupa Great Run’s nominated charities, in honour of their father, Ken Bowman, 77, who developed vascular dementia five years ago.

Mother-of-three Tracey, 49, said: “We’ve never done anything like this before. We’re all committed to finishing the run for our dad – it gives you the incentive to do the training.

“Dementia is a cruel condition. Money raised for the Alzheimer’s Society from the run will help to support people with dementia and their carers today, and fund research for a cure tomorrow.”

The race will be started by Great North Run legend Mike McLeod – local winner of the first two Great North Runs in 1981 and 1982.

Although the event will be mainly made up of amateur runners, there will also be some top athletes.

The runners are expected to raise around £500,000 for their chosen charities.


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