The Morpeth To Newcastle road race captured the imagination of runners the world over for a century.
Now it’s back. And this time it’s bigger and better than ever before.
M2N will host four events in one on Sunday October 30th 2016. - Read update
Staying true to its heritage there will be three races for runners of all ages and abilities.
And cyclists can join in the fun for the very first time – enjoying a unique opportunity to ride on the 26-mile route.
We anticipate thousands of runners and riders will sign up to what promises to be a very special addition to the North East’s sporting calendar.
And we expect thousands more to line the streets cheering on serious athletes and charity champions alike.
A race across Northumberland, North Tyneside and Newcastle make M2N a tantalising prospect for both runners and cyclists.
Make your mark. Make history. Make it Morpeth To Newcastle.
With the history and heritage of the original Morpeth To Newcastle road race at its heart this brand new marathon breathes new life into an old favourite.
Start your journey in the historic Northumberland market town of Morpeth.
Follow a specially selected route that passes through Cramlington, Blyth, Whitley Bay, Cullercoats and North Shields.
Newcastle is your landmark final destination – finishing on the iconic Newcastle Quayside.
An imaginative and inspirational addition to the half marathon scene, the N2N offers club runners the chance to clock a personal best on a super fast course.
Wait for the gun under the world famous dome of Spanish City, Whitley Bay before you head towards Newcastle Quayside.
You’ll finish on the Newcastle Quayside where the M2N event team will be ready and waiting to greet thousands of runners and cyclists throughout the day.
The Mini Mile means the next generation can join in the celebrations surrounding the M2N event.
Enjoy a fun and healthy family day out at an event focused on meeting the goals of the National Health Agenda for children.
Cycle To Newcastle (C2N)
Cycling has never been more popular or accessible and our 26-mile Sportive captures the magic of the original Morpeth To Newcastle event - for those who love their bikes!
Well marshalled and closely controlled, enjoy a scenic route from your saddle and finish up in the heart of Newcastle.
A fun and challenging ride for cyclists or all ages and abilities!
Take on the marathon cycle challenge with thousands of other cyclists. Camaraderie, social spirit and atmosphere are guaranteed as you ride past crowds of spectators through 26 miles. Ideal for a fun but challenging ride.
The North East boasts a road race heritage the envy of Britain.
Thousands of world-class athletes, dedicated club runners and charity champions pound our streets every year in the pursuit of personal glory.
From famous half marathons to celebrated 10k events, we are home to many of the most exciting events in the country.
But one race started it all. Cemented our reputation. Showed we were serious.
The Morpeth To Newcastle Road Race resonates with generations of runners.
And for a century it held a special place in the hearts of the North East’s sporting public.
Fusing time-honoured tradition with world-class talent, the Morpeth - as locals know it - was the oldest road running event in England.
First run in 1904, it covered 13.6 miles (21/9km) of public roads from Morpeth to Newcastle.
In 1983 organisers tweaked the route to 14.1 miles (22.7km) and in 2002 a standardised half marathon distance was run.
But months after the centenary event was completed it was announced the Morpeth’s future was in doubt.
And despite various bids to resurrect one of the jewels in the region’s sporting crown, the event has not been staged since 2004.
In October 2016 the Morpeth will make its long awaited return.
Runners will line the historic route. And this time cyclists can join in the fun.
Follow in the footsteps of five-time winners Jim Alder and Mike McLeod.
And evoke memories of seven-times winner Dunky Wright as you weave your way through the streets of Northumberland, North Tyneside and Newcastle.
Morpeth To Newcastle is a name synonymous with sporting history, world-class competition, a celebrated past and an exciting future.
Why not become part of the latest major sporting event to put the North East of England centre stage?
And bring the very best of your business or charity to a brand new audience.
Promoting the fundraising activities of our partner charities is a priority. Showcasing their work is of primary importance.
Thousands of runners and cyclists will take part in four events during the inaugural M2N event on October 30th, 2016.
Thousands more will line the streets of Northumberland, North Tyneside and Newcastle with 26 miles presenting a unique opportunity for our partners to gain unrivalled exposure and publicity.
And England Athletics will market M2N to thousands of members nationwide.
Significant promotional opportunities are available – linking in to the cultural heritage of the event, healthy living, fitness, wellbeing and the surge of interest in British cycling.
In addition, the child-friendly Mini Mile offers partners an opportunity to invest in the long-term health of future generations.
And with a keen emphasis on supporting local and national charities – prior to and during the event - M2N’s message is both positive and proactive.
EXCITING NEW ROUTE AND CHANGE OF DATE
The ambitious team behind the revived Morpeth To Newcastle road race has revealed the event’s stunning final route.
The iconic Northumberland and North Tyneside coastline and Newcastle’s Quayside all feature prominently on the new-look course.
Following months of positive talks with three North East councils and community groups across the region, the brand new route has taken shape.
And organisers have reacted to the change in course by switching the proposed mid-summer date to October 30.
“’We are delighted that the new route for the Morpeth to Newcastle has been agreed,” said event organiser Phil Gray.
“Everyone has been working very hard for a long time to make this happen.
“Given the number of local authorities, organisations and people involved it is credit to everyone concerned that we have managed to bring this event back to the region.
“The North East has running imbedded in its culture and this event has great significance in the heritage of the region.
“I would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused as a result of the changes. But I am confident this makes the Morpeth To Newcastle an even better event for runners and cyclists moving forward.”
Northumberland County Council, North Tyneside Council and Newcastle City Council have been working tirelessly alongside Gray to ensure the event’s long-term future is secured.
The new-look M2N will now finish in Newcastle city centre on the Quayside with the revised route following the River Tyne west from Tynemouth.
A joint statement from Northumberland, North Tyneside and Newcastle City Council explained: “We will continue to work with the organisers to help planning for this event to make sure it has a positive impact for the region, while ensuring the race takes place safely and with minimum disruption to residents and businesses.”
M2N’s organisers accepted the need for change after encouraging an open dialogue with those communities affected by the revamped race.
“During the last few weeks it has become clear that the initial route would cause disproportionate disruption to members of the public,” added Gray.
“The last thing we wanted to do was cause unnecessary disruption to people’s day-to-day lives by closing major roads for long periods of time.
“We saw an opportunity to compromise – and at the same time to create a more attractive half marathon route starting at the Spanish City in Whitley Bay and finishing on Newcastle’s Quayside.
“Changing the route meant we needed to consider moving the date as a number of major events already take place in July.
“We would like to offer our sincere apologies to those entrants who may be inconvenienced by the change in date and we will do everything we can to find a positive solution for them.
“But many people had expressed a concern about competing during the height of summer and we took that on board from day one.”
The marathon and cycle marathon will start in Morpeth with competitors now heading towards Blyth before taking in the idyllic Northumberland and North Tyneside coastline.
Runners and cyclists will follow a picturesque route through Whitley Bay, Cullercoats and Tynemouth before following the River Tyne into Newcastle city centre.
Half marathon competitors will start at the Spanish City and the Kids’ Mile will now finish on Newcastle’s Quayside.
Supporters of the revamped ‘Morpeth’ include five-times winner and Olympian Mike McLeod, cyclist-turned jockey Victoria Pendleton and Ashington’s Ashes hero Steve Harmison.
And Gray feels the North East can be proud of the newest addition to a busy sporting calendar.
But he added: “The cycle marathon will no longer take place on closed roads and again I can only apologise if this means people will have to change their plans.
“As a top class sportive it will still be carefully managed and planned to ensure cyclists and other road users remain safe at all times.”
The ‘Morpeth’ team will unveil detailed plans surrounding the new-look event on the official website morpeth2newcastle.co.uk
In the short term a page dedicated to entrants’ questions and queries has been created to assist existing competitors and those interested in signing up for the October races.