Tyne Bridge Harriers are proud to be staging the inaugural Bridges of The Tyne race on the evening of the 10th July 2012. Starting on the historic Quayside opposite the Wesley Memorial at 7:15pm, the event offers spectacular views down the Tyne.
Race HQ and registration is at The Tyne Pub on Maling Street, with registration beginning from 5:30 pm and closing at 6:45 pm. The race HQ is approximately 800 meters from the start on the Quayside and there will be an area set aside at The Tyne for runners to store baggage.
The race starts facing West towards the Tyne Bridge. Keeping to the left of the path runners will then run under the swing bridge and continue along the Hadrians Way cycle path towards the Quayside Business Park. The route will be open to pedestrians and cyclists and whilst the route will be marshaled runners will have no priority on the course. Refer to this essential guide from Lansing Michigan pedestrian laws as a safety precaution to avoid getting injured on roads.
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On the approach to the Swing Bridge runners are asked to be aware of items of street furniture including original mooring posts from the Quayside. On exiting from under the Swing Bridge there is a tight left turn before the path widens for a long straight section past the Copthorne Hotel towards the first mile point.
View at Mile 1
Although the route is flat and fast on the approach to the second mile point there are a number of left hand corners to negotiate, continuing to run on the left hand side of the path at all times.
View at Mile 2 Point
After passing the second mile point runners will follow the riverside path around the BA car park before facing the only incline on the course. This short stretch takes the course to its turning point before beginning the return to the Quayside.
The turn is signified by one of the Hadrian’s Way mile markers, after this sharp right hand turn the course takes runners on the grass verge for approximately 100m after leaving the grass stretch there is a short downhill section which has three steps at the bottom which runners are asked to approach with caution.
After negotiating the steps leading runners will be running in the opposite direction to runners on their outward route and are asked to keep to the left. The course from this point is basically a straight route back along the riverside path to The Quayside.
View at Mile 3
After passing the third mile the course widens out again heading back towards the City centre and mile 4, which is located outside of the Copthorne Hotel and offers runners spectacular views of the Bridges.
View at Mile 4
Passing mile 4 leads runners back to the Swing Bridge where once again caution is needed in respect of the street furniture. For the final section of the race, runners should move to the right hand side of the footpath for the run into the finish. Marshals will be on the Quayside as athletes run past the entrance to the Pitcher and Piano Pub, at which point the course is at it’s widest for a fast run into the finish that is located at the mouth of the Ouseburn.
Views at the Finish
Prize presentations will be at the Tyne Pub from approximately 8:30, allowing all competitors an opportunity to finish their race and change into fresh clothing. The Tyne will be selling specially brewed Tyne Bridge Harriers ale from the Ouseburn Valley Brewery on the night and will also be serving food from their menu.
Tyne Bridge Harriers would like as many competitors and spectators as possible to join us after the race to celebrate this inaugural event.
Thank you to everyone who has entered and on behalf of Tyne Bridge Harriers we hope you have an enjoyable and successful race on 10th July
The registration uptake for our inaugural Race Event has been a resounding success and the Bridges Of The Tyne 5 Mile Road Race is now full.
Tyne Bridge Harriers – Bridges Of The Tyne 5 Mile Road Race
(UKA Race Licence no. 2012-103726)
to be held on Tuesday 10th July 2012 with a start time of 19:15
click to see Start List
Tyne Bridge Harriers are delighted to announce that their 5 Mile race route has been officially measured by the Association of UK Course Measurers and been issued with the measurement certificate: Certificate of Course Accuracy : Ref 12/184
For more information about the race and for route map .. click here