THOUSANDS of competitors in South Tyneside can get on track for this year’s Great North Run with special Metro wristband passes.
A wide range of colourful passes, doubling as Metro tickets, have gone on sale to make life easier for those taking part in the world’s biggest half-marathon.
Wristband wearers will be able to avoid carrying loose change or a Metro ticket on the day of the big race.
The tickets can be bought in advance, saving time and avoiding long queues at Metro stations, which are always busy on Great North Run day.
Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has introduced the wrist passes to save runners and spectators time and hassle on the day of the race.
Six different passes are available and these can be bought from Nexus travel shops and online from www.nexus.org.uk in the build up to the run on Sunday, September 7.
Tobyn Hughes, Nexus deputy director, said: “The Great North Run wrist passes always prove popular for runners on what is the busiest day of the year for the Metro system.
“This year, we have widened the range of tickets that are available as wristbands, so the kids can have one, as well as the adults, and there are weekend tickets too.
“They are available to buy in advance from our travel shops and our website, so they save you a great deal of time.
“For runners and spectators alike, they will save you having to queue for a ticket machine before taking the Metro home.
“And if you’re a runner, then you don’t need to worry where your Metro ticket is after the race.”
The Metro wristband passes range in price from a £3.50 adult single to an 80p child single, plus £9 adult weekend tickets.
A Great North Run special event DaySaver ticket is also available in advance from all Metro ticket machines, for £4.50.
About 100,000 people will use Metro services on Great North Run day, and extra trains and crossings by Shields Ferry will be laid on.
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