Cardinal Hulme Catholic School, Wrekenton


A1(M) North to join the Western Bypass. Just after the motorway classification ends leave the bypass at signs to Gateshead (South). This is the "Angel" roundabout: take the fourth exit, signed to Wrekenton B1295, and continue up the hill.

In the village, at a mini-roundabout, all traffic is directed to the left. After this, turn right immediately at another mini-roundabout. At the traffic lights turn left along Old Durham Road, pass the Seven Stars public house on the right and continue along Old Durham Road until you see a new school - Cardinal Hume Catholic School.


There is limited parking space within the school grounds, also in the NHS car park (both signposted), but otherwise you may need to park on side roads.

Tip: last time, I managed to park quite close to the Start/Finish area. To get there, when heading north up Old Durham Road keep going and take the first major right after the school - this is Sundew Road, but it's not marked as such; there is a sign saying 'Beacon Lough East Estate', though. Then take the fourth turning on the right ('Harebell Road'), and keep going until close to the venue ... lots of space to park last time, at least there was at 12:30. Ed.
Update from 2014: got to this same place at 12:45 - lots of people parked up here, but still found somewhere to park. Ed.


Gillian Donaldson of Saltwell Harriers says: "Registration and changing facilities will be in Cardinal Hume School (it will be well signposted)."

The course

Figure of eight course, basically - good spectator views from the central high point, or 'hill' as some might call it.

Course map.