Road Races and Relays

Road races take place over a measured distance on any firm, prepared surface, including tarmac, pavements and footpaths. Distances range from 1 mile, 5k and 10k races, up to half marathon (13.1 miles), marathon (26.2 miles) and ultra (anything over marathon distance). Road races take place all year round, whereas relays are more common during spring and summer. Most road races are individual events, and members should sign up for them independently via the race website, although some contain a competitive team element or form part of a race series. Road relays are exclusively team competitions and teams are usually organised by the club captains. Club vests must be worn in all relay competitions as well as any road race where you have registered as an affiliated club member. Failure to do so may result in individual and/or team disqualification.

Jarrow and Hebburn AC do not pay for members’ race entry fees for individual road races, but we pay fees for selected road relays, as set out on our membership form. This includes the NECAA Road Relays (Signals) and the Northern and National 6 and 12 Stage Relays. Team captains will share information on relays, gather interest from members, then organise and register teams. Captains will also collect payment of race fees from members for relays which the club does not pay for. The key North East relays and road races in 2024 are listed below. Please note that most dates are provisional and it is best to check the individual race websites for the latest information.


NECAA Road Relay Championships (Signals Relays) – Saturday 17 February 2024 – Hetton Lyons Country Park (DH5 9DS)

Takes place at Hetton Lyons Country Park, Hetton-le-Hole. Each leg is 2 laps, with a total distance of 2.2 miles. There are two races: a 4 leg relay for senior women, veteran women (over 35) and veteran men (over 50), and a 6 leg relay for senior men and veteran men (over 40). For more information, visit the NECAA website. 2024 Results here:

Northern Athletics 12 and 6 Stage Road Relay Championships – Saturday 23 March 2024 – Wythenshawe Park, Manchester (M23 0AB)

Men compete in a 12-leg race, with four ‘long’ legs of approximately 8km and 8 ‘short’ legs of approximately 4km. Women compete in a 6-leg race, with 2 ‘long’ legs of approximately 8km and 4 ‘short’ legs of approximately 4km. The venue rotates each year, but is always somewhere in the ‘North.’ Only athletes from Northern Athletics-affiliated clubs can take part (Jarrow and Hebburn AC are affiliated). 2024 Results here.

Elswick Good Friday Relays – Friday 29 March 2024 – Newburn Riverside Estate (NE15 8NY)

Hosted by Elswick Harriers. The race takes place at Newburn Riverside Estate in the West End of Newcastle. Race HQ and registration is at the Curve building (NE15 8NZ). The senior and veteran women’s (V35+) race features teams of 3, whilst the senior and veteran men’s race (V40+) features teams of 4. Each leg is 2.2 miles. For more information, visit the Elswick Harriers website. 2024 Results here.

English Road Running Association 12 and 6 Stage Road Relays – Saturday 6 April 2024 – Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands (B73 6BT)

English national road relay competition, with entry by qualification only through the area/regional championships (Northern 12 and 6 Stage Relays – see above). Teams of 6 senior women and teams of 12 senior men. For more information, visit the ERRA website here. 2024 Results here.

Neptune Relays – Wednesday 24 April 2024 – Hardwick Park, Sedgefield (TS21 2DN)

The Neptune Relays are hosted by Sedgefield Harriers at Hardwick Park and are open to teams of four runners, including teams of men, women and juniors (13+ and U17). Mixed men’s/women’s teams are accepted but are not eligible for trophies and prizes (prizes are fresh fruit by tradition). The race takes place on trail paths through the park, with each leg approximately 1.7 miles. For more information, visit the Sedgefield Harriers website here. 2024 Results here.

NEMAA Road Relay Championships – Wednesday 1 May 2024 – Bedeswell / Campbell Park, Jarrow (NE32 5NJ)

Road relay championships open to male and female Masters athletes (age 35 and above) with teams of three runners. Each runner completes 2 laps of approximately 1.5km on tarmac paths around Bedeswell Park / Campbell Park. Non-NEMAA members are welcome. For more information, visit the NEMAA website here. 2024 Results here.

Gordon Smith Relays – Wednesday 8 May 2024 – West Allotment Country Park (NE27 0QJ)

Hosted by Wallsend Harriers on a largely traffic-free course at West Allotment Country Park in North Tyneside. There are separate men’s and women’s races but both races have 3 x 2 mile legs. For the women’s race, the minimum age on race day is 16, but one of the team must be V35 or older. For the men’s race, the minimum age is also 16, but one of the team must be V40 or older. For more information, visit the race website here. 2024 Men’s Results here. 2024 Women’s Results here.

Weetslade Relays – Wednesday 26 June 2024 – Lockey Park, Wideopen (NE13 6LH)

Hosted by Claremont Road Runners at Lockey Park and Weetslade Country Park in Wideopen. Each team must be made up of three runners, which must include at least one veteran (V35+) and at least one lady (although the lady and veteran can be the same person). The race consists of 3 legs, each 2.65 miles, on a traffic free, multi-terrain course, with a thirty metre hill at the halfway point. For more information, visit the race website here.

Gosforth Summer Relays – Date to be confirmed – Newcastle Great Park (NE13 9BD)

Hosted by Gosforth Harriers at Newcastle Great Park, this is a single race featuring separate men’s and women’s teams of 3 runners. Veterans (Men 40+, Women 35+) may run in senior teams, but teams containing any senior athletes are designated as senior teams. The course is a single lap of approximately 2 miles on tarmac footpaths and grass. There is also an open junior mile race, with prizes for U12, U14 and U16s. For more information, visit the Gosforth Harriers website here.

Norman Woodcock Relays – Date to be confirmed – Gosforth Park (NE3 5HP)

Hosted by Elswick Harriers at Gosforth Park, this is a mixed relay event with three runners per team. At least one runner per team must be female. It is a flat, traffic-free course on tarmac, with each lap being 1.66 mile long. For more information, visit the race website here.

Road Races

Newcastle 10k (New Race!) – Saturday 20 January 2024 – Website2024 Results

Brass Monkey Half Marathon – Sunday 21 January 2024 – Website2024 Results

Croft 2k and 5k – Saturday 27 January 2024 (Rescheduled from 3 December 2023) – Website2024 Results

Middlesbrough Half Marathon (New Race) – Sunday 3 March 2024 – Website2024 Results

Running GP Croft Motor Circuit (5k, 10k, Half Marathon, 20 mile and Marathon) (New Event!) – Sunday 10 March 2024 – Website2024 Results

North Tyneside 10k Road Race – Sunday 31 March 2024 – Website2024 Results

Port of Blyth 10k – Sunday 7 April 2024 – Website2024 Results

Sand Dancer 10k and Junior Race (Multi-terrain) – Sunday 14 April 2024 – Website2024 Results

TCS London Marathon – Sunday 21 April 2024 – Website2024 Results

Quayside 5k (and Junior Quayside 3k) – Wednesday 24 April 2024 – Website2024 Results

Newcastle – Gateshead Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k and Junior Race – Sunday 5 May 2024 – Website2024 Results

Sunderland City Runs (10k and Half Marathon) – Sunday 12 May 2024 – Website10k 2024 ResultsHalf Marathon 2024 Results

Les Allcorn 10k (Alnwick) – Tuesday 14 May 2024 – Website2024 Results

Clive Cookson 10k – Wednesday 15 May 2024 – Website2024 Results

Pier to Pier Race – Sunday 19 May 2024 – Website2024 Results

Morpeth 10k (New Race!) – Sunday 2 June 2024 – Website

Blaydon Race – Sunday 9 June 2024 – Website Previous Results

Anita Nott Women’s 5k – Monday 24 June 2024 – Website2023 Results

Great North 10K – Sunday 7 July 2024 – WebsitePrevious Results

Bridges of the Tyne 5 Mile Race – Tuesday 2 July 2024 – Website2023 Results

Cock Crow 5k (multi-terrain) – Tuesday 9 July 2024 – Website (includes previous race results)

Sunderland Harriers 5k Road Race – Thursday 11 July – Website2023 Results

Durham City Run Festival (includes Durham City 5k and 10k) – Thursday 18 – Saturday 20 July 2024 – Website

Northumberland Coastal Run (13+ miles, multi-terrain) – Sunday 21 July 2024 – Website2023 Results

Darlington 10k – Sunday 4 August 2024 – Website2023 Results

Quayside 5k (and Junior Quayside 3k) – Wednesday 7 August 2024 – Website2023 Results

Watergate 5k (multi-terrain) – Thursday 22 August 2024 – Website

Middlesbrough ‘Run For All’ 10k – Sunday 1 September 2024 – Website2023 Results

Great North Run – Sunday 8 September 2024 – WebsitePrevious Results

Jarrow 10k – Sunday 6 October 2024 – Website2023 Results

Heaton Harriers Memorial 10k – Sunday 10 November 2024 (Remembrance Sunday) – Website2023 Results

Brampton to Carlisle 10 Mile Road Race – Date TBC – Website2023 Results

Saltwell 10k – Saturday 21 December 2024 – Website and 2023 Results