Shibdon Park, Blaydon.

Directions

A1(M) North to join the Western Bypass. Take the junction after the Metro Centre signed "Swalwell. Whickham. B6317." This takes you back under the by-pass to continue for about half a mile.

Turn right at roundabout and go on, past lights then a further roundabout. On the right is open land, marked 'Wildlife Reserve' on O.S. map, where you may see runners and the course markers.

Pass swimming baths on the right and then turn left at a church, and finally first right at the Youth Club to find the race headquarters.

The venue

In Youth Club near Blaydon Town Centre car park with parking near Youth Club or on nearby roads

Spectator vantage point at top of the slope near the start.

Limited changing facilities

Short walk to start, opposite gap in low stone wall.

The course

Three laps of a generally flat course but with four short and steep ascents and descents in quick succession on every lap.

Organisers' course map.