The Great North Run ·
Starting life as a local fun run, now over 40,000 travel to the North East to take part in the Great North Run – recognised as one of the largest running events in the world. Participants start the run from the iconic Tyne Bridge, and scramble 13.1 miles to the coastline of South Shields each September. Though it is a gruelling challenge, the Great North Run is definitely something that everyone who lives in the North East should do at least once before they die. Weary racers are often given a boost by generous natives – who open up their roads, businesses and even gardens for water stops, toilet breaks and general team spirit. Whether you are running it, or simply watching on, it is impossible to not feel a lump in your throat when you hear the roars and cheers of the crowds during the atmospheric run.