11 great half marathons in the North East you can enter if you missed out on a Great North Run place

Hopeful runners have been getting news on their Great North Run entry ballots - and sadly many people will be left disappointed.

By Ross Robertson
Friday, 8th February 2019, 1:09 pm
Updated Monday, 11th February 2019, 9:03 am
Great half marathons you can enter in the North East
Great half marathons you can enter in the North East

If you missed out, you could always try for a charity place. But here are 11 other great half marathons in the North East you can enter this year instead.

Historic buildings, beautiful parks and a wonderful stretch of coastline all feature on the route of this friendly run organised by legend Steve Cram. Takes place on May 12. Visit www.sunderlandcity10k.com
A challenging-but-beautiful route along the stunning Durham Heritage Coast, organised by the National Trust. Takes place June 16. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/durham-coast
A picturesque road race organised by Run Northumberland, part of Run Britain, starting at Rothbury and taking in villages of the Coquet Valley. Takes place on June 30. Visit https://runnation.co.uk/
A great carnival atmosphere in one of the North Easts most attractive towns, with camping options, live entertainment and food and drink on sale. Takes place July 14. Visit https://hexhamrunningfestival.com/
The first race organised by the now booming Trail Outlaws, set up to showcase the beautiful trails this part of Sunderland has to offer. Now part of the companys Urban Trails Series. Takes place June 23. Visit urbantrails.co.uk
The little brother of the Kielder Marathon, dubbed Britains most scenic, taking in parts of Kielder reservoir and forest. Takes place October 13. Visit www.kieldermarathon.com/half-marathon
Another Trail Outlaws event, at RAF Spadeadam, raising money for the RAF Benevolent Fund. Takes in Spadeadam Forest with views over to the Lake District and Hadrians Wall. Takes place September 22. Visit www.run-spadeadam.co.uk
Not for the faint-hearted, this trail run takes in forest tracks, mud, crags and moorland. And expect it to be a little longer than 13.1 miles! Takes place May 12, with a night race on May 11. Visit http://highfellevents.co.uk/
Part of the Redcar Running festival which includes fun runs, a 5k, 50k, and wheelchair race. Takes place September 29. Visit www.nmhraces.net/
A new event for 2019, set to take place on Sunday April 21. The route is yet to be announced, but pictures on its website suggest could include sections of the quayside and the Angel of the North. Visit www.gatesheadhalf.com
April 7 at Druridge Bay Country Park. Includes stretches on the beach and sand dunes, this two-lap half marathon (a four-lap marathon also takes place on the same day).Visit http://www.northeastmarathonclub.co.uk