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Simplyhealth Great North Run 2017

01 Sep 2017 13:20 PM

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Northumbria Police are finalising plans ahead of next weekend’s Simplyhealth Great North Run 2017.

Police are looking forward to welcoming tens of thousands of runners to the region as policing plans are finalised ahead of the Simplyhealth Great North Run 2017.

The world famous half marathon returns to the region this Sunday, September 10th, with the Simplyhealth Great North 5K, Simplyhealth Mini and Junior Great North Run taking place on Saturday, September 9th.

The race will start in Newcastle upon Tyne, where runners will head over the iconic Tyne Bridge, finishing at the coast in South Shields.

Police, race organisers, local authorities and the public transport providers have been working for a number of months to ensure the event passes without incident.

Chief Inspector Jamie Pitt, Northumbria Police, will be the Silver Commander for the event and he is eagerly waiting to welcome people to the region from all across the world.

He said: "The Great North Run is an amazing event and we here at Northumbria Police are looking forward to meeting competitors and spectators from every corner of the globe.

“I have worked the Great North Run in previous years and I do so with pride again this year. The atmosphere from the public is fantastic and it is a joy to be involved in.

"A number of our police officers and police staff will also be running the race and we are proud to give them our full backing as they push hard for their final few days of training ahead of next weekend.

"Those officers on duty will be highly visible all along the race route that will be able to assist with any concerns or questions runners or spectators may have.

“Roads will be very busy all throughout weekend but we have been extremely thorough in planning how we will manage traffic and road networks. We have been working tirelessly with local transport providers to ensure all public transport runs as smoothly and with as little disruption as possible.

"The Great North Run is such a fantastic spectacle and it fills me with pride to be able to help ensure it passes without incident. We are incredibly lucky to have an event like this take place in the North East; it is an excellent opportunity for us to showcase just how great our region is.”

An enhanced Metro service will be in operation on the day of the race and some stations will be closed to the public to minimise disruption for those travelling to and from the finish line. Local residents have been contacted to inform them of the road closures in place over the weekend.

Our Police Cadets and Mini Police will be out in full force, as well as our Firearms Officers who will be on patrol throughout the weekend. If you get a chance make sure to stop and say hello, they can answer any questions you may have and you may even get a selfie!

More information about travelling by Metro is available on the NEXUS website which you can view by visiting: https://www.nexus.org.uk/metro/greatnorthrun.

For further information about the race itself, road closures and viewing points then visit the Great Run Company website at: http://www.greatrun.org/great-north-run.