Race Information

Gateshead Half Marathon – Sunday 30th May 2021

Address: Gateshead International Stadium, Neilson Road, Gateshead, NE10 0EF

Start Time: 9:00am

Please note: you will be set off in waves based on the estimated finish time entered at the checkout.  

*Please note that due to the road closures in place, there is a 3 hour cut off time for the event. *

As you will be aware the event has been modified to ensure we can adhere to social distancing and the guidelines issued by RunBritain and UK Sport.

Please familiarise yourself with the measures that will be in place at the event HERE.

Thank you for your cooperation with the new regulations in place at the event, these are necessary to ensure a safe environment and mean that we can continue to provide race opportunities.


  • This is the first mass participation event in the region since before March 2020 and Covid Procedures will be highly monitored in and around Gateshead International Stadium. We thank you in advance for taking all reasonable steps to follow our agreed plans with the regional Safety Advisory Group.
  • Public Health Gateshead have requested we ask all participants to test themselves in the 48 hours prior to the race using Lateral Flow test kits, and ideally twice in the seven days before the event (see info below regarding LFT’s).
    Please note: We will NOT require you to demonstrate evidence of this.
  • We are requesting you wear a face mask, if possible and not exempt, until the start of the race and either keep your mask for after the race or place it in the bin bags by the start line. Thank you for making others feel more comfortable attending a mass event for the first time in a long time by persevering with this request.
  • There will be NO spectators in Gateshead Stadium, we would recommend coming alone or if you are with a spectator the best spots are on the Quayside where you will see the runners 4 times.
  • Aim to enter the stadium 1-way system 10-15mins before your start time READY TO RUN.
  • The best pre-race plan would be to finish your warm up at your car boot, walk to the stadium ready to run in your race kit to the toilets then when you hear your wave called, casual progress to the area towards the start area.

Race Packs 

If you entered before Tuesday 18th May, you will receive a race pack in the post. If you entered after, a pack will be waiting for you to collect on the day. If you are expecting a pack in the post and do not receive it by the Sunday, please head to the information desk before the start of your race and we will issue you with another one.

The entry list can be found HERE.

You will not be able to run without a race number and chip.


When you receive your race packs, please take a couple of minutes to fill out the brief runner Information form which can be found printed on the back of your bib. This will help us greatly in case of an emergency!

Race Start 

The colour of your race number will relate to the wave you are starting in. This has been determined by the estimated finish time given when signing up.

Within the event village you will see the start line and each start area marked out with a corresponding coloured sign. When arriving please familiarise yourself with your start area.


Each wave will be called to the starting pen where our marshals will guide you into a start formation with 2 runners, all 2m apart, being started every few seconds.

The first runners will cross the line at 9:00am and you can expect each wave to follow shortly afterwards.

Red Wave – Wave 1 – Sub 1:30
Light Blue Wave – Wave 2 – Sub 1:40
Black Wave – Wave 3 – Sub 1:45
Yellow Wave –  Wave 4 – Sub 1:50
Purple Wave –  Wave 5 – Sub 1:55
Green Wave – Wave 6 – Sub 2:00
Brown Wave – Wave 7 – Sub 2:10
Orange Wave – Wave 8 – Sub 2:30
Pink Wave – Wave 9 – 2:30-3:00

We will be guiding you through the pens before your wave start time to ensure social distancing so please make sure you are in the correct location and ready to race before your start time. We will get you started as soon as it is safe to do so.

Please listen closely to all marshal instructions and remember to keep a safe distance from the runners around you. 


Address: Gateshead International Stadium, Neilson Road, Gateshead, NE10 0EF

We recommend you arrive as early as possible, as with many large sporting events there will be traffic coming into the venue. Please plan your journey accordingly!

Event car parking is at Bede Primary School (NE10 0DJ) which is opposite Gateshead Stadium and will be signed as the event parking from all inbound directions.

Please note there is a £5 CASH ONLY fee for this car park which is ran by volunteers of the local housing association.


The car park at Bede Primary School will open at 7:00am and we would advise arriving before 7:45am to avoid queuing into the carpark. Please expect a short queue if arriving after 7:30am.

Free parking is also available in Quarryfield Road Car Park (NE8 3BE) before 8:15am however please note that this car park is CLOSED by the event and any cars parking in Quarryfield Road CANNOT LEAVE this car park until AFTER the road is re-opened once the last runners leave Quarryfield Road and the closure is lifted. If you would like to park here, it will be free all day and paid for by the event.


The postcode for the event is: NE10 0EF

Road closures by the event and Quayside market will affect the Quayside roads and Swing Bridge from both sides of the river.

Gateshead International Stadium is signposted from major roads in the area, however routes will be affected by road closures for the event.

A1 (from the North)
Follow the A1 Southbound until the turn off for the A184 (Gateshead Town Centre). Follow diversions along Sunderland Road to event car park at Bede Primary School OR preferable park at the most convenient Park & Ride Metro station (see above).

A1 (from the South)
Follow the A1 Northbound, turn off the A167 (Gateshead South). Pass the Angel of the North on your left. Follow road to the centre of Gateshead then follow diversions along Sunderland Road to event car park at Bede Primary School OR preferable park at the most convenient Park & Ride Metro station (see above).

A69 (from the West)
Follow the A69 until you meet the A1. From there follow directions as from the A1 North.

A19 (from the East)
From the A19, follow signs to the A184 (Gateshead). NOTE – There are ongoing major roadworks on the A19 around ‘Testos Roundabout’


The nearest train station is Newcastle Central Station (East Coast Line). Travel from Newcastle Central Station to Gateshead Stadium Metro station using the Metro.

We advise planning your journey before the race to ensure you arrive at the train station with as much time as possible. Newcastle to Gateshead Stadium is a 5min Metro journey with a 5min walk to the arena from Gateshead Stadium Metro.


Gateshead Stadium Metro station is a short walk from Gateshead International Stadium.

Metro trains run a frequent service from Newcastle, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland, Newcastle Airport and North Tyneside.
For service information and timetables please check nexus.org.uk/metro

There is a Metro Park & Ride to Gateshead Stadium Metro station from:
Callerton Parkway, Regent Centre, Four Lane Ends, Northumberland Park, Heworth and Stadium of Light Metro Stations.


The event is also accessible by bus, however routes will be affected by road closures for the event. It is possible to get bus services to Newcastle City Centre, Gateshead or Heworth Metro Stations then use the Metro to get to Gateshead Stadium Metro Station.

You can plan your journey in advance using Live Travel Map at nexus.org.uk


For this event we will use portaloos outside of Gateshead Stadium in the main car park. There will be NO access to toilets inside Gateshead Stadium for the event.

Lining up for these toilets will be socially distanced. If you live locally we recommend using toilets at home.

Hygiene Stations

There will be multiple hygiene stations around the event village and start/finish area for all participants to use throughout the event. These will have hand sanitiser, tissue and bins for the disposal of any tissue or litter.


Please limit the number of belongings you bring to the event. The car park is located next to the stadium and we therefore recommend leaving any belongings in your car after your warm up and only enter the stadium ready to run.

There will be an informal self-service bag drop area in the sports hall for runners who need it as they have not come by car and can not share a friends boot. This is in order to reduce contact between runners and staff.

During the race

We will have marshals all around the course as well as mile signs and arrows.

Please note that there is a strict 3 hour cut off time for the half marathon due to the road closures!

Spitting and nasal clearance during the race is NOT permitted.

See course map below:


There will be water provided at the water station on the Quayside which will be passed 4 times during the race (see map), and there will also be water available at the finish. Please bring your own water to the event to avoid congestion on the course. We recommend staying hydrated in the lead up to the event.

Totum Sport – a leading stamina supplement brand – who will be in the event village all-day Sunday to hand out their electrolyte solution.

Totum Sport is a powerful, fast-acting hydration supplement. It’s unique composition of electrolytes enables water to be used in the body to prevent dehydration & overheating. This solution has been shown to enhance speed and stamina, and has been clinically proven to reduce lactic acid by 46%

One sachet before you start, one sachet during your race, and one sachet after you finish is all you need to run your best race possible & stay hydrated & to recover faster.

Make sure you visit their stand to speak to the guys and pick up your free sachets!

After the race

Do NOT stop within the finish area. Please continue through the finish until you pass the medals and are in an open space.

There will be sealed ACTIPH water bottles at the finish for each runner to collect along with your medal, Love Corn and Kind Snack bar which will be laid out on tables for you to help yourself.

We ask that once you have collected your medal, snacks and water to leave the event village as soon as possible to avoid groups congregating within the event village.

Good Luck with the run on Sunday from Team ACTIPHACTIPH Water is the UK’s first alkaline ionised bottled water with the highest pH in Europe. Through a unique ionisation process, our purified spring water is infused with a blend of electrolytes and supercharged to create a smooth and clean tasting alkaline water with a pH9+. ACTIPH is the healthy choice as you restore and maintain your natural balance, enabling you to live life to the fullest and get the most out of every day. All ACTIPH bottles are 100% recyclable and BPA free including the cap and label which makes us unique to other bottled waters and we believe gives us a clear sustainability advantage. Please remember to recycle in a recycling bin after the race. Take your hydration to a higher level and grab a bottle of ACTIPH at the finish line.

KIND® is more than just a name. It’s a commitment: to making snack bars that don’t compromise. Just the very best ingredients. Full of wholesome nutrients. And always packed with flavour. They have kindly donated some of their delicious bars for you all to try after your race! To find out more about KIND and their products, head to their website HERE.  Please be aware this product contains nuts.

Love Corn have kindly provided some post race goodies for you all to try and can be collected from the finish line alongside water, bananas and of course flapjacks! To check out more of their product, see their website HERE

Runners Need


At Runners Need we run to feel alive. To leave behind whatever holds us back and find that release, that calm and clarity, that focus. We all know a run changes your day – but it also has the power to change your life. We wish you a great race full of fun and enjoyment. Let’s run together.

If you need a last minute item before the event we are delighted to be able to offer all participants of RunThrough events in 2021 a 15% discount* at Runners Need which can be used in-store with your race entry confirmation or online using the code AF-RT15.

T’s & C’s can be HERE.


We recommend downloading the NHS COVID-19 App onto your phone if you haven’t already before the race. Find out more HERE.

Free lateral flow tests are now being offered by the Government for everybody in the community to help stop the spread of COVID-19. These can even be ordered to your home, further information can be found HERE.

If you had any further questions please take a look at our COVID-19 specific FAQ’s page HERE or contact us by email at [email protected]

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Gateshead Half Team 🙂