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Are you taking part in the Great North Run?

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On your marks. Get set. Go!


On Sunday, 10th September, tens of thousands of tight-shorts-wearing folk will descend the streets of Newcastle upon Tyne ready to participate in the largest half marathon event in the entire world: the Simplyhealth Great North Run!

Held once a year, the mighty 13.1 mile route takes runners through the city centre towards the River Tyne, across the iconic Tyne Bridge and through Gateshead. They’ll travel onto South Shields; where, at the top of Prince Edward Road, they’ll get to soak up stunning sea views (no stopping, though!). Then, it’s just one mile ‘til they reach the finish line!

The atmosphere at the Great North Run is always electric, thanks to the thousand of enthusiastic supporters cheering from the sidelines of the entire route!

So, in ode to this amazing event, which has raised millions of pounds for charities over the years, here are some fun facts you may not know about the Great North Run:


  • The very first Great North Run was held on 38th June 1981, with 12,000 runners taking part.
  • The run was created by former Olympic 10,000m bronze medalist and BBC Sport commentator, Brendan Foster. Foster was inspired to create the event after participating in the Round the Bays Race in New Zealand in 1979.
  • Bupa was the title partner from the early ‘90s to up until 2014, making it one of Britain’s longest sports sponsorship agreements.
  • The total amount of metal used in the medals given to the finishers weighs a jaw-dropping 49 tonnes!
  • Martin Mathathi holds the current course record, crossing the finish line at 58:56 minutes in 2011. Mary Jepkosgei Keitany holds the women’s course record of 65:39 minutes, which was set in 2014.
  • In 2014, Mo Farah completed the race in exactly 1 hour and in 2016, became the first person to win the race three times consecutively.
  • In 2014, the 34th Great North Run welcomed 57,000 participants and was the first race in a whopping 29 years to have a British man win.
  • Many bands set up camp along the sidelines, the longest-serving being the Dinosaurs from Hell.
  • Race starters include the likes of Sting, Tony Blair, Sir Bobby Charlton, Jackie Charlton and Ant & Dec.
  • It takes 38 double-decker buses to drive all of the baggage to the finish line.
  • In the 2014 race, the 1 millionth runner crossed the finish line. Tracey Cramond, who was raising money for Butterwick Hospice, said she was “gobsmacked” and hailed the event her “moment of fame.”
  • It would take around 92,447 footballs lined up to complete the length of the course.


Now you feel a little more in-the-know about the wonderful Great North Run, do you feel inspired to take part? Unfortunately, this year’s race is closed, but places will soon be available for next year’s event, leaving you with plenty of time to get race-ready and raise some money for your charity of choice. Mo Farah, watch out…!

Time to burn off those Easter eggs!

Right, it’s time to confess: how many choccy eggs did you devour over Easter?

You thought your stash would last for weeks, but there’s something about Easter egg chocolate that makes it oh-so irresistible. It has what we call a ‘Pringle effect’ on us; once we take that first tongue-tantalising bite, we’re hooked and find it impossible to stop.

And when someone looks at you disappointedly and questions how you’ve managed to gobble three large eggs in one sitting, you have your reply ready: “Well…they are hollow!”

Which means they can’t be that many calories… right!?

If you believe ignorance is bliss, you may want to skip this section.

We found ourselves wondering how many cals are loaded into those hollow, choccy eggs, so we did some research.


We discovered a study by Bidvine, revealing the calorie content of the nation’s fave Easter eggs. If you were treated to a Dairy Milk XL Easter egg this year, you may be (unpleasantly) surprised to learn that it packs a whopping 1,758 calories (egg + bars). To burn off that many cals would take either 5.9 hours of walking, 3 hours of running, 2 hours of swimming, or 2.1 hours of squatting.

Cadbury caramel eggs packed the second highest amount of cals (1,683), followed by Mars (1,623), Flake/Wispa (1,562) and Double Decker (1,549). But if you enjoyed a Smarties egg, then don’t feel too bad they only contain 680 cals, although they’d still take 1.2 hours of running to burn off.

Time for some eggs-ercise!

Sorry, we don’t want to sound like Willy Wonka’s dentist Dad, groaning about eating too much chocolate. Besides, we all deserve to treat ourselves every now and then.

But if your egg-cessive egg munching has left you feeling full up and fed up, then some good ol’ fashion exercise will help. If you want to burn off your Easter eggs as quickly as possible, here are some activities to get involved in:


Like any sport, you get out what you put in. If you want to shift cals fast, then you need to push yourself on that court. Keep those legs moving!




The butterfly is a hard stroke to master, but it’s the best for burning fat. An hour’s worth of non-stop butterfly could burn around 1,000 calories and if you can manage that, then you deserve a medal!

Kick Boxing

Kick and punch those calories away! Book an intense one-on-one session with a trainer and you could shift around 1,000 cals in a single hour.



Bike Ride
Bike ride

No leisurely cruises…if you want to burn cals quick, you need to pedal fast, picking a route with long flats to practice your sprinting, plus a few hills for good measure. If you don’t have a bike to hop on, a 45-min spin class at the gym burns around 750 calories.

Go Ape!

There’s a reason Tarzan was so buff: swinging through the trees is hard graft! Completing one of our award-winning Tree Top Adventure courses burns around 510 calories in women, and 660 in men. And you’ll be having so much fun, you won’t even realise you’re exercising!

Our courses have tunnels you can crawl through, ladders you can clamber up, bridges you can swing on, and platforms you can leap off! So, what are you waiting for? Book your Go Ape adventure today!