Temple Park, South Shields
Take A1(M) north past Birtley Services and then fork right along A194(M). At White Mare Pool, at the end of the motorway, continue under the flyover and go straight on following signs to South Shields.
Pass a small roundabout, go under a railway bridge and then under a flyover (Tyne Tunnel Road). After a pedestrian bridge over the road, take second exit at large roundabout with lights.
Continue along John Reid Road until you see, first, a Fire Station and then the Sports Centre on the right. Go on to roundabout and return along the way you came for a hundred metres, on the other side of the dual carriageway and, finally, up the slip road to Temple Park Sports Centre.Venue map.
Charge for parking (currently 60p).
Full changing facilities in Sports Centre.
Walk to start by turning right from Sports Centre entrance and along a tarmac path. Continue over a grassy hill to find the start and finish area.
Actual start is across a football field. Three laps of a course which is generally level but with a few steep climbs and long drags. Includes a water jump and, often, a long muddy section.