Bedewell Park, Monkton.

Directions

A1(M) North to join the A194(M) ('Tyne Tunnel', 'South Shields').

Cross the A195 and the A184, then after another mile or so, take the left filter, off onto the B1516 signposted 'Jarrow' - 'Monkton Stadium' is also shown on a brown sign.

After passing some parkland on the right (Monkton Dene Park), turn left at a roundabout into Dene Terrace - there's another 'Monkton Stadium' brown sign here.

After passing Bede Burn primary School on the left, turn left into Monkton Stadium car park, or else use the surrounding estate (see below).

Location on Google Maps.

The venue

Map showing parking options here.

The organisers say: "I have just been advised by Jarrow & Hebburn that there will be parking at Monkton Stadium and the school next door. There is a parking charge to use these facilities. There is also parking available at Hebburn Swimming pool which is on Campbell Park Road - approx 8/10 mins walk from Bedeswell Park, also you will be able to park on York Avenue- approx 5/6 mins walk to Monkton and Bedeswell, and on Adair Way just off Campbell Park Road - 2/3 mins from Bedeswell.

Please do not park just outside of Monkton Stadium as there are DOUBLE YELLOW LINES and Traffic Wardens patrol on Saturdays.

The race HQ is at the stadium, and the park is just across the road (between Wood Terrace and Adair Way)". This is to the north-west, ie it looks like we should be walking back out onto Dene Terrace and heading left along it, then crossing Wood Terrace to get into the parkland. Just follow the fit-looking types, basically ...

The course

Each lap is a convoluted 1.75-mile loop round the park, with no hills to speak of.