Great North Run all set to return to South Shields in 2022 as ballot for places officially opens

Great North Run bosses are all set to bring the event back to South Shields in 2022 as the ballot for places officially opens.

Monday, 10th January 2022, 4:55 am

The move meant the loss of the race’s dramatic finish along The Leas in South Shields.

The Great North Run is set to return to South Shields in September 2022.

Organisers said the changes, which also included runners setting off in waves rather than at the same time, would reduce crowding and the volume of passengers on public transport.

And now, as the ballot for 2022 places opens on Monday, January 10, organisers seem sure the race will return to its original end point on Sunday, September 11, 2022, with some 57,000 runners taking part.

The entry website reads: “After two long years, we can’t wait to see runners back on the iconic Great North Run, city to sea course, in September.

Great North Run founder Sir Brendan Foster.

"We’ll be celebrating the return of our traditional finish line in South Shields and we hope you’ll be able to join us.”

Organisers go on to reference runners’ happy memories of South Shields, including the seafront finish and the free beer handed out on John Reid Road by the Newcastle Hash House Harriers.

“Whether you missed your free in-run pint (we heard this might be a thing), the incredible local support, your post-race fish and chips or just ‘that’ view as you reach the final mile, you’ll be able to soak it all in, once again, in September,” they said.

In further reassurance, Sir Brendan will join runners and South Tyneside dignitaries at an official launch event for the ballot near the site of the Great North Run finish line at South Shields seafront today.

The Great North Run is set to return to South Shields in September 2022.

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