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the great north run

The Great North Run

As the big day looms elite athletes, club runners,  joggers, pantomime horses and men in mankini’s are beginning there final preparations for the Great North Run.

This iconic event is the biggest day in the North East calendar and brings thousands of visitors to the region.  

The weekend starts on Saturday 10th September with the world’s biggest pasta party, the Great North 5k, the Junior and Mini Great North Runs and the Great North City Games.

For those new to the run here is our handy tips on how to survive the course and the best bars to celebrate your finish in.

Nights Out In Newcastle‘s very own Aaron Whittington will be doing his best to give Mo Farah a run for his money this weekend when he participates in his very first Great North Run.  We wish him all the best and know he’ll do us all proud.

Aaron is running for Help for Heroes and you can sponsor him on his page.  

We asked Aaron if he was ready to take on the world’s most popular half marathon and why he had decided to take on this challenge.

Final preparations are coming on nicely.  I managed 10 miles so far so hopefully the occasion of the big day should carry me the rest of the way!  I would be very grateful for anyone that wishes to sponsor me for my run in aid of Help for Heroes charity.   No matter how small it’s all appreciated.  They are a great charity, doing some great work. Very much needed.” Aaron said.

Founded in 2007 Help for Heroes provide direct, practical support for wounded, injured and sick Service Personnel, Veterans and their loved ones.

Aaron went on to say “I wanted to motivate myself to get fitter.  It seemed like the perfect thing to do.  I chose Help for Heroes charity as have brother of of a friend who came out of army and didn’t have this at the time.  It would of really helped him had been available.

We asked Aaron the all important probing questions:

  • What’s 1st on the wish list for after you have finished?
  • Will you be enjoying a Night Out In Newcastle after?

“Massage and beer!” he said, and “If my legs can take it after a massage. Tiger Tiger, Stein Bier Keller, then Tup Tup Palace.”

You have to admire his stamina and we look forward to seeing if Aaron makes it through the whole night after his gruelling run.  We wish him all the best, if you’d like to sponsor Aaron please visit his page.  

If you see him on his travels make sure to say hi, or give him a wave and cheer. 

Here at Nights Out In Newcastle we wish all participatants good luck this weekend, have a great day, take care and enjoy yourself.

the great north run

Below is our top tips, some great north offers and best pubs to drink in after the race.

It goes to say that preparation is key whether your an elite athlete at the front or a fun runner near the back.  So here is our top 10 tips to surviving the Great North Run.

  1. Run your race – don’t get carried away with the occasion or those running around you, stick to your race pace.
  2. Hydrate – it sounds an obvious one but make sure you stay hydrated and always have access to a drink.
  3. Fuel for the race – Make sure you eat plenty, at the right times, don’t go crazy carb loading as eating your body weight in pasta will not turn you into an olympic athlete!
  4. Clear the chute before you commute – enough said!
  5. Don’t hold it in – if nature calls don’t be afraid to stop for a bathroom break.  There are no prizes for finishing the race with crossed legs!
  6. Dress for the weather – if it is a hot sunny day remember to keep covered, wear sunscreen and a hat to stop yourself overheating or getting burnt.  If it is cold and wet make sure you are well insulated.
  7. Protect from blisters – look after your feet and other delicate areas!
  8. Make sure the shoe fits – whatever your footwear of choice make sure they are well worn in, perfect fit and shape for your foot. 
  9. Find you perfect rhythm – stride is all important in distance running, not too short, not too long, just right.
  10. Enjoy yourself – it may sound silly but remember why you are doing it and take in the occasion, it is a truly great event and you are all in it together!

the great north run

Below are some stellar offers from some of the bars and restaurants in Newcastle to make sure you get the most of your Great North Run weekend.


Competitors will get a free pint of Tuborg, Steamer or Redeemer or a Glass of House Wine when they purchase a Main Course.  Valid 10th and 11th Of September All Day
11-17 Broad Chare, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3DQ


Simply show this years finishing medal to receive 25% off your bill.  Offer valid Sunday 11th and Monday 12th of September.  Not in conjunction with any other offer.
28 Ridley Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8JW


2-4-1 cocktails in the main bar, 3 courses for £15 in our restaurant. Available all day Sunday 11th September.
10-15 Sandhill, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3AF


To find your way around Newcastle the bars, clubs and pubs of Newcastle just use our handy guide here.

We also have a list of what’s on in Newcastle over the weekend here or you can check out our amazing Nights Out In Newcastle blog.

And for those looking for hotels we even have our recommended accommodation.



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