How Jarrow is gearing up to welcome runners and spectators for the Great North Run 2019
The 13.1 mile route passes through the town as more than 50,000 competitors make their way from Newcastle to South Shields, and Jarrow folk say the day is also a big event for them.
For some businesses in the area, it can be a busy day for customers with spectators bringing a boost – and runners looking to refuel and celebrate after the run.
Final preparations are underway at The Lakeside Inn, which sits on the route. The pub provides a home for many spectators and hosts events on the day, including a runners’ after party.
“We start early for the Great North Run and there’s always a lot of people in the pub. People head up to watch it,” said duty manager Scott Robson.
“There’s a lot of pride involved in the run. It’s a real North East institution.”
Primrose Labour Councillor Jim Perry said the event was massively popular in Jarrow.
He said: “The numbers of people who line the route of the run as it passes through parts of Jarrow is a clear indication of its popularity, I look forward to watching it every year myself”
His fellow ward representative, independent Councillor Paul Milburn described the run as “one of the most important events on South Tyneside’s calendar”.
He said: “It brings together people from all walks of life. Both participants and spectators feel really involved with the occasion, many giving their time freely to support the event in many different ways.”
The Great North Run route hits Jarrow as it heads along Leam Lane from White Mare Pool to the John Reid Road, with supporters lining the road cheering on runners – and some handing out sweets and fruit to those taking part.
Jarrow hosts “Band on the Run” music stations and feed stations for runners, which bring with them a party atmosphere.