ELITE athletes and runners from across the country are set to take their marks at a series of riverside events this Saturday (September 8).
The men’s and women’s Great North CityGames Elite Mile will see world-class athletes battle it out over the course, which takes in the iconic Infinity Bridge.
The women’s line-up is particularly eye-catching, featuring recently-crowned European Champion Laura Muir and silver medallist Eilish McColgan.
And hot on the heels of the Elite Mile races will be the first ever Simplyhealth Great Tees 10K, followed by the Mini and Junior versions for youngsters.
Here’s all you need to know, from event schedules to road closure information…
What is happening and when?
The running order is as follows:
9.30am Start of the Great North CityGames Elite Men’s Mile
9.45am Start of the Great North CityGames Elite Women’s Mile
10am Start of the Simplyhealth Great Tees 10K
12noon Start of Simplyhealth Mini Great Tees Run
12.45pm Start of Simplyhealth Junior Great Tees Run
Which routes will they follow?
The routes vary for each run but have one thing in common – a spectacular riverside setting. Here’s a breakdown of each one:
Great North CityGames Elite Mile – Stockton-on-Tees
For the first time in the event’s ten year history, the Elite Mile race is moving away from its established location on the NewcastleGateshead Quayside and taking place on the banks of the River Tees.
This exciting elite event will see world-class athletes take on a course that starts on North Shore Road and crosses the Infinity Bridge and Princess of Wales Bridge before finishing on Stockton’s Riverside.
And you can come along and watch it for free!
The Simplyhealth Great Tees 10k
This route follows a flat, closed road course that starts and finishes on Riverside Road, close to Princess of Wales Bridge.
The course starts on the river’s north side and takes in some of Stockton-on-Tees’ most famous sights, including the iconic Infinity Bridge and Tees Barrage. It then crosses the historic Tees Newport Bridge and travels back on the south side of the river along the Maze Park Nature Reserve, before passing Durham University’s waterfront Queen’s Campus.
On your final kilometre you will cross the Tees once more – this time via the Millennium Footbridge – before crossing the finish line on the Riverside.
Mini and Junior Great Tees Run
The event offers two shorter running routes – the 2K Mini course is for three to eight-year-olds while the a 4K Junior course is for those aged nine to 14.
Both routes start on Riverside Road, with young runners travelling along the north side of the River Tees, with the Mini runners turning right to cross the Infinity Bridge while Junior runners continue on and cross the river at the Tees Barrage.
Both of the runs then return along the river’s south side, crossing the Millennium Footbridge, and heading back to the finish line on Riverside Road.
Will there be any road closures?
Yes, the following road closures will be in place on Saturday:
- A1305 Riverside north of Castlegate Spiral Ramp car park access (the car park will be accessible throughout) – from 12am to 10pm
- A1046 North Shore Road/Dugdale Street south of Thirteen car park – from 4am to 6pm
- A1046 Church Road westbound/Gyratory/North Shore Road – from 8.45am to 10.10am
- Council of Europe Boulevard/University Boulevard/Harvard Avenue north of Trinity Mews – from 4am to 6pm
Where can I park?
If you can get here by public transport that’s great, but please note there are some planned rail strikes on the day. You can find out more at www.northernrailway.co.uk/strike
If you are travelling by car, there are a number of car parks in the local area including council managed car parks and those at Castlegate Shopping Centre and Wellington Square. A car parks map is available on the event webpage here.
Where can I find out more information?
For further information on the event, visit www.stockton.gov.uk/tees10k