With the Great North Run round the corner and other sold-out fun runs over for the year, you may be feeling a bit jealous of friend’s achievements and up-coming events.
But if you’ve been well-and-truly bitten by the running bug, there are still some great events (with places going spare) to have a go at before the year is out.
1) The Great North 5k (Gateshead and Newcastle, Saturday, September 12)
If you’ve missed out on a much-sought-after Great North Run place, or aren’t quite up to taking on a half marathon, this will give you a taste of what it’s all about.
Runners start on the Newcastle side of the River Tyne and follow a scenic route over two of the iconic Swing Bridge and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.
Enter here: www.greatrun.org/great-north-run/great-north-5k
2) The People’s Run 2 Remember 5k (Formerly The Poppy Run, Sunderland, Sunday, November 1)
Renowned for hosting the biggest Remembrance commemorations outside London, Sunderland is also the only place in the North East to date to hold an event in the special run series.
The People’s Run to Remember supports ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity and Scotty’s Little Soldiers, aiming to be a fun event for good causes.
Enter here: www.peoplesrun2remember.com/event-entry
3) The Kielder 10k (Kielder, Northumberland, Saturday, October 3)
Arguably the most scenic running event in the country, the Kielder 10k takes in a undulating-yet-beautiful route through Kielder forest and along the shore of the reservoir.
The 10k event takes place before the sold-out marathon and half marathon events, and offers runners a dose of scenery over a more manageable distance.
4) The Color Run 5k (Sunderland, Sunday, September 20)
If you’re less bothered about the running element and are more keen to have fun with friends, this event is for you.
A leisurely, untimed 5km run full of giggles, The Color Run features colour stations which will see you pelted with powder paint as you jog round – ending up resembling a rainbow at the end.
Enter here: www.thecolorrun.co.uk/sunderland
5) MoRun 5k and 10k (Newcastle, Sunday, November 8)
Taking place during the now-famous month of Movember (and resembling the name of one of our best-loved runners), the MoRun series is part of the global fund and awareness-raising men’s health campaign.
The timed race will appeal to both serious and fun runners, taking place in Exhibition Park with each runner getting a quirky moustache-shaped medal at the end.