What is the Great North Run tracker app and how to use it

By Simon Meechan

There is an easy app to find out how your friends and family members are getting on if they're taking on the Great North Run.

The Great Run app allows you to track people you know as they make their way along the 13.1 mile route, which begins and finishes in Newcastle, starting on the Central Motorway south of the Town Moor and ending on the Great North Road to the east of the Moor, via Newcastle Gateshead, the Felling Bypass and back.

Most will take around two and a half hours to complete the route, but many will be aiming for quicker times and others will be happy with finishing the course. The elitist of elite athletes can finish it in under an hour.

Read more: follow all Great North Run updates and news

By downloading the app, you can track friends and family who are running the race. Whenever they cross a timing mat, the app will update with their location and time.

There are spectator zones close to the Great North Run's finishing line on the Great North Road, the app may help people work out when to go there to see their loved ones cross the line, or to find out when they are near other vantage points along the route.

The Great Run app can also be used by runners, for information about the event and selfie filters.

People posting on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok and other social media channels are asked to use the hashtags #GreatNorthRun or #GNR40

How to track friends and family as they run the Great North Run

"If you’ve got family and friends who would like to see how you’re getting on as you make your way around the course, why not encourage them to download the free Great Run App so they can track your progress," Great Run says

"Each time you cross over a timing mat around the course the app will update your location so that your friends and family can see how you’re getting on."

The app is free to download. It is available from the Apple Store here and the Google Play store here.

Go here for the latest Great North Run news, updates and information


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