Wristbands that double as Metro tickets are on sale to make life easier for people at this year’s Great North Run.
The wristbands avert the need to carry loose change or a paper Metro ticket on the route from Newcastle to South Shields.
And they can be bought in advance, which saves time on queuing at Metro ticket machines, which are extremely busy during the Great North Run.
Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, introduced the wristbands in 2011 to save entrants and spectators time and hassle.
John Fenwick, director of finance and resources at Nexus, said: “The Great North Run wristbands are ideal for anyone taking part in the event.
“For runners and spectators alike, they will save you having to queue at a ticket machine.
“If you’re a runner then you don’t need to worry where your Metro ticket is after the race.”
The Metro tickets that come as wristbands are: the adult all zone single (£3.30), the child single (80p), the adult daysaver (£4.80), the child daysaver (£1.20) and the child weekend ticket (£2.40), adult weekend ticket (£9.60).
A limited number of wristbands are on sale and they are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
They will also be available at the Great North Run Pasta Party on Saturday, September 10 on the Gateshead Quayside.
They are available to buy now from all Nexus Travel Shops and online from www.nexus.org.uk ahead of the race on Sunday, September 11.