Even though it’s a newer run, the Gateshead Half Marathon and 10K is already a favourite of seasoned runners and newbies alike, and over 3000 runners are set to attend this April. Passing through a scenic route past some of the ‘toon’s most famous landmarks, it’s easy to see why this is the run of choice for many.
But if you don’t feel like putting on your running shoes this April 30th, why not head down to the side lines to show your support?
If you’re looking to cheer on someone in particular, or just give the runners a well-needed boost, don’t stress. We’ve done the hard work for you and picked out our favourite spots on the Gateshead Half Marathon and 10K route (that let you get a spot of sight-seeing done too!).
The Gateshead Half’s route is a road-closed course, that takes in some of Newcastle’s most iconic sights — like the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts, Sage Gateshead, and the notorious Quayside (be sure to give City Co-Living Newcastle a wave if you spot us!) With its central location and landmark-studded track, joining the Gateshead Half’s crowds as a spectator is a great way to spend a Sunday. Here are our favourite route highlights…
Our first choice for catching the race is the stunning Quayside area, where runners will pass on their first and second laps. With a breath-taking view over the River Tyne, this is the perfect place to take in a Geordie landmark while showing your support.
Top tip: why not head to one of the delicious eateries on the Quayside for a bite to eat after the race? We recommend SIX at Baltic and Victor’s for Insta-worthy bait.
Runners will pass the distinctive old flour mill on their route — known for its celebration of modern artists and contemporary exhibitions. With current exhibitions including Hew Locke’s The Procession and the joint work Hinterlands, there’s something for everyone at this gallery.
Top tip: head over to BALTIC to take in some art after the race (they also serve some tasty scran from their on-site café if you’re a bit peckish).
The well-known (and well-loved) Sage Gateshead is another key stop on the runners’ route. The stunning music education centre and venue is known for its striking mirrored design, and is a lush place to enjoy a refreshing drink after a morning of spectating. And even take a selfie or two.
While perhaps the busiest spot on the route, this is where runners need your support the most. So, here’s where to pitch up (and how to get there) if you’re looking to cheer racers across the finish line.
The race loops back on itself to finish back where runners started — the famous Gateshead International Stadium — where the Event Village will also sit. So, if you’re cheering on someone in particular, this is also the perfect place to meet back up with them post-race.
Top tip: to get there, take the Metro to the Gateshead Stadium stop, which is just a short walk from the Event Village.
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