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Gateshead 5k 2024

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Gateshead 5k

Sunday 16 Jun 2024

£15.99 Aged 16 and over | £11.00 Children, under 6s free
Minimum fundraising target: £50

Date: Sunday 16 Jun 2024

Time: 11:00

Venue: Saltwell Park

Life is worth Racing for. Enter Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life and raise money for life-saving cancer research.

About the 5k event

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The 5k is an achievable distance and a good first challenge for most people. At just over 3 miles it can take about an hour to walk on average, but there's no pressure to finish in a certain time. Go at your own pace to help fund life-saving cancer research.


Saltwell Park, East Park Road, Gateshead, NE9 5AX View map

Course information

The Gateshead course weaves through the beautiful and historical grounds of Saltwell Park, taking in the lake, Saltwell Towers and the various ornamental gardens and features. The route is entirely contained within the park and is predominantly on paths, with a lap of the main event field at the start and end of the run. The route has several inclines and a sharp descent. The main event site is on grass so can be uneven and may be slightly muddy underfoot depending on recent weather.

Please arrive 30 to 45 minutes before your start time so that you are prepared and ready to go on time.

Join forces or go solo

Race for Life participants having fun at events
You can take part in any Race for Life event as an individual or a group to raise money for life-saving research. Walk, jog or run together in a group or go solo at your own pace, or lead the way as a Group Leader and get family, friends and colleagues involved! However you choose to get muddy, you’re helping to beat cancer.

Warm up with other Race for Lifers

Shake off any pre-Race nerves and get moving with our fun warm-up session just before your event.

Supporters and spectators welcome

Bring along as many supporters as you like to cheer you on! We’ve got things for everyone to do, check out the Location section above to see what’s happening on the day.

Soak up the atmosphere

After you've completed the course, stay on and celebrate with other participants, friends and family with a picnic in the park.

Your entry fee covers the cost of your event, but your fundraising helps us save and improve lives. Join the celebration, join the family, and join the thousands helping to raise the money we need to power Cancer Research UK’s biggest discoveries.

Event details

Once you sign up for your Race for Life event, you'll receive an email with all the need-to-know details to help you feel fully prepared for the day.

Meeting point

The start line is located on the Northern Fields near the children's play area and the lake.

If using what3words, enter ///bottom.runs.miles in the free app, to find the exact starting point.

There is limited onsite parking at this event. Cancer Research UK and Gateshead Council encourage the use of public transport and bicycle to travel to this event. We can facilitate bike storage at this event but you must bring a lock.

There are many local public transport services and details can be found here travelinenortheast.info

Carparks are available at the following Gateshead Council facilities,

Cross Keys NE9 6DA and Lowrey's Lane NE9 5JB. These car parks are free on a Sunday and cars are parked at their own risk as per Gateshead Council parking Ts&Cs. The car parks are open to the public.

The event site is only a 13 min walk from the car parks.

Disabled parking is available on site at NE8 4SF.

Please do not park in nearby residential streets as enforcment teams will be patrolling the area

Dogs allowed
Suitable for pushchairs
Wheelchair accessible
No bag drop
No refreshments
No showers
No parking

We recommend this event as suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs with assistance due to the gradient of some inclines, a sharp descent and a lap around the event field at the start and end of the course. The event site, start and end of the course is on uneven grass with an incline which could make conditions difficult in bad weather.

If you require any further information on the accessibility of a Race for Life event, or wish to bring a carer/helper to accompany you, please contact our Supporter Hotline on 0300 123 0770 and press 1 when prompted (Opening hours are 8am - 6pm Monday to Friday) or email us at raceforlife@cancer.org.uk

Bring a water bottle
We’re trying to reduce single-use plastic at Race for Life. Please bring your own reusable water bottle, already filled. We'll provide an ecofriendly water-refill station at the finish that uses as little single-use plastic as possible.

Have the right kit
It’s a good idea to check the weather before your event and dress accordingly. Think breathable sports gear (leggings and shorts are ideal) and well-fitting trainers. For Pretty Muddy, wear something you don’t mind getting dirty.
Check out the latest range of Race for Life clothing and accessories in our online shop.

Be sun smart
Stay sun safe by finding shade when you’re not on the course and covering up with clothes, a hat and sunglasses. On parts you can’t cover, use sunscreen with at least SPF15 and a 4 or 5 star rating. Find out more about being sun smart.

Your back sign and race number
Remember to bring your back sign and Race number which will be sent to you in the post – don’t forget safety pins so you can attach them to you.

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