A1(M) North to Western Bypass. Second exit after Metrocentre sliproad following signs to Blaydon. (avoiding Scotswood Bridge!)

At Blaydon roundabout take second-left exit along A695. Continue for about three miles before turning left along B6393 to Prudhoe.

Go through the town centre until you see a pub on the right with dark painted wood - "Doctor Syntax."

Turn left uphill and fork right until you come to Prudhoe Middle School.

(Alternatively, take the scenic route via Sacriston, Stanley,Burnopfield, Rowlands Gill and Greenside)

The venue

Prudhoe High School.

Limited changing facilities.

Always a long walk to the start which varies every year according to what the farmer has planted.

Some parking in the school grounds. Parking is very limited please share transport if possible.

At the top of the final hill-it is possible to see the runners in the far distance and then see them struggle up the last hill.

The course

Two laps making full use of a steep-sided valley. Several stream crossings and two ascents of the 'killer' hill about 1k from finish!