Quayside 5k 2023 Event Information For Runners (ENTRIES NOT YET OPEN)


Hi everyone, thanks for joining us at this years Quayside 5k & Junior Quayside 3k – it’s forecast to be a gloriously hot summers day so please plan ahead and drink plenty water and electrolytes throughout the day!

We have provisioned extra water and more excitingly, Baltic have ordered in some ice creams & plenty refreshments in preparation to go with your post race snack…. whilst wearing you new summery RunThrough Kit Race T-shirt after the event!

Here’s the key info below, if you are still stuck then drop me an email and I’ll get back to you asap however the closer it is the the race, the less rapid my reply will be!

Address: Baltic Square, South Shore Road, Gateshead, NE8 3BA

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Click here for: (Links for LiveStream and Live Results will appear here on race day) 

Contact: quayside5k@gatesheadharriers.com


See you Wednesday night and if you have friend & family supporting or they would like to follow your race then we will have a high quality live stream video of all races broadcast to Facebook on the race page – given the course is out and back it means they can watch the race unfold whilst it’s out of sight.

Chris Parr (Race Director)



This video shows everything you need to know, including the infamous bollards and street furniture and has a course time-lapse:

Quayside 5k Event Info, Safety & Time-Lapse Video

  • Race Numbers & Chips are to be collected on the night from 5:30pm at the Baltic
  • Event Village and Finish in the Baltic and Baltic Square (toilets, late registration, post-race snack, water, race T’s, sanitiser station, baggage drop)
  • Start Area on Newcastle side in Bus Lane by Pitcher & Piano.
  • If you would like to change from the A/B Race that is fine, just email me and I’ll make a note. Your chip and bib will not be affected by this but it will be a different colour.
  • MAKE SURE YOU WEAR YOUR CHIP!!! We have spares – Instructions below.
  • Please take a couple of minutes to fill out the brief runner Information form which can be found printed on the back of your bib, this will help us in the case of an emergency.
  • Check your information on the START LIST and email any amendments before race day to chris@runningnortheast.co.uk or tell late registration of any necessary changes when you pick up your chip and race bib and results will be amended after the event.
  • If you are missing from the results, email me as much info as possible including bib number, chip number, Strava link, known runners just ahead/behind and we will be able to find you using video & chip data.
  • Presentation for the Junior Quayside 3k and Quayside 5k A-Race will be at 7:35pm in Baltic Square including the presentation of the new ‘The John Stephenson BEM Trophy’ for the first Gateshead Harriers M&F Junior 3k runner & ‘The David Mount Cup’ for the first Gateshead Harrier M/F Quayside 5k Runner. Please be prompt as we need this to be finished before the B-Race winners begin to finish at 7:45pm or it will have to wait until after the finish of the event.
  • Prize winners from the B-Race will be emailed after the event.Chip instructions pic
  • Race T’s are from RunThrough Kit and they look class. They will be ready alongside some snacks and water as a ‘pick up’ service to reduce contact after the finish.

RunThrough Kit


Event Times

6.30pm Junior Quayside Run (UKA u13, u15, u17)

7.00pm Quayside 5k A-Race (Sub 20mins Entry Standard) inc. NECAA 5k Championships

7.30pm  Quayside 5k B-Race

Quayside 5k Wheelchair Race – We have also added a IPC Para Athletics Classification Wheelchair race to the programme for 2022, provisionally starting 2mins ahead of the B-Race (arrangements subject to change). For further information please contact chris@runningnortheast.co.uk

UK Athletics Age Categories

Please check your date of birth against your declared Age Group:

Junior Race age groups for road racing are your age on 31st August in the year prior to competition. ie Age ON 31/08/2021

         U13  aged 11 or 12 on 31st  August 2022 (for races before 31st August 2023)
         U15  aged 13 or 14 on 31st  August 2022 (for races before 31st August 2023)
         U17  aged 15 or 16 on 31st  August 20212(for races before 31st August 2023)

If you are struggling with the maths like I do every year then use this calculator and check your (child’s) age on this date:

Age Calculator

Senior 5k Race

U20  aged 17, 18 or 19 on 31st  August 2022 (for races before 31st August 2023)
Senior aged 20+ on 31st  August 2022 (for races before 31st August 2023)

Masters Categories change on your birthday eg V45 is 45 or over on the day of the event.

Late Registration, Race Numbers & Chips

Race numbers and chips are collected from the registration desk at Race HQ Baltic from 5.00pm on race night. Any amendments, lost chips, or late entries (after postal entries) are to be picked up here.

Race Area Quayside 5k

Registration Desks are set out by surname – Please ensure you have BOTH NUMBER AND CHIP with matching numbers and applied correctly. The Numbers have detachable baggage tags to put on your baggage before you put it in the baggage area.

race bibs

PB Pacers in the B-Race

Pacers will be in a very obvious bright coloured race T-shirt with their pace time on their back. We have pacers for virtually every minute from 20mins to 45mins with very few gaps.


Toilet facilities are at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts, Baltic Square and Pitcher & Piano for the event with several other public toilets in the close vicinity.

Travel & Parking

The closest Metro Stations is Gateshead and train station Newcastle Central Station with several large public car parks on the Quayside – Mill Road is closed but Quarryfield Road Car Park will be available a short walk away.

Car Park Post Code: NE8 3BE

Water, T-Shirts & Goodie Bags

We have no official water station with the event being 5km, however there will be some limited water at the turn point of the course if needed and there will be water in all goodie bags once you have finished.

As you cross the finish line, please follow instruction from marshals to keep moving up the ramp to collect your water, goodie bags, race T-shirts and baggage.

*The T-Shirt size orders are submitted according to available entry data when ordered and scaled. If you have a T-Shirt issue on the night then leave your name and email address at the T-shirt desk on the night or email chris@runningnortheast.co.uk after the event.

Flyers & Sponsors


Safety Briefing

Please watch the current safety video so you are aware of hazards. There are very few but if you are aware of them in advance you can anticipate and focus on getting those PB’s.

Some KEY safety points are highlighted below: Gateshead Millennium Bridge Bollards, Spray Painted Paving Stones, Turn Point (which is 180 degree turn so take care turning) along with the other street furniture shown in the safety video.

bollards pic

Race Route

Race map Quayside 5k



Finally please read current NPCC Run.Hide.Tell. leaflet to familiarise yourself with current government advice and we advice all to download Citizen Aid App.

Keep Up to Date On Facebook and Instgram Below and any questions email me.

A huge thank you in advance to all of the event staff including all volunteers, officials, marshal, sponsors, pacers and contractors who all go the extra mile to make the event run smoothly.

See you Wednesday night. I hope you enjoy the event and have a great race, GOOD LUCK!!!

Chris Parr (Race Director)

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Pre-Event Info Below:

Quayside 5k 2023 Entry Information:

Gateshead Harriers & AC are proud to announce the Quayside 5k & Junior Quayside 3k Road Race event on Wednesday 16th August 2023. The race route is out and back on a very flat and fast course along the River Tyne from the Newcastle side of the Millennium Bridge to Newcastle Business Park, under the famous Tyne Bridge and returning to cross the iconic Gateshead Millennium Bridge to finish in Baltic Square.

This year’s event will be bigger and better….with even more PBs and big prize money incentives.

We will again have a 3 race program starting with the Junior Quayside 3km, along with two 5k races split by a sub-20min entry standard for the A-Race. The Junior Quayside 3k will be for U13, U15 & U17 athletes.

Quayside 5k A-Race (Sub 20min) – Based on SB and realistic target time of sub 20mins. Please note this may change to change to a faster time based on entries.

£1000 total CASH prize fund for the Top 6 Men and Women (£150, £100, £75, £50, £25 + £100 CR Bonus)

Men’s CR – Calum Johnson, Gateshead Harriers & AC: 14min10secs (2021)
Women’s CR – Danielle Hodgkinson, Wallsend Harriers & AC: 16min20secs (2021)

North Eastern Counties Championship – The A-Race will incorporate the NECAA 5k

The top 3 eligible men and women will be awarded their championship medal 🥇 🥈 🥉 with the winners crowned North East Champion 2023.

Conditions of entry:
Open to members of NECAA clubs and affiliated to England Athletics who must meet one of the

following criteria: 9 – month residential qualification and/or have NE Counties birth qualification. All entrants must be first claim members (UKA G2 S6). Club vests must be worn.

Quayside 5k B-Race – Featuring ‘Pacers for PB Chasers’ and a great atmosphere with tons of support for runners of all abilities.

Top 3 M/W in this race will be awarded Free Entry to next year’s event.

Free Entry to next years event to winners of each age category U13/U15/U17/U20/Senior/V35/40/45/50/55/60/65/70+ based on Chip Time from the combined race results.

£20 CASH to winners of U13/U15/U17/U20

The race will be used as the Gateshead Harriers & AC Club Road Championship and will be used as part of the selection process for the Northern 6-Stage Road Relays Championships with the first male and female Gateshead Harriers being awarded ‘The David Mount Cup‘ – named after our former Chairman & £50.

The event will be Chip Timed with Live Results provided by our partners RunThrough.co.uk.

All finishers will receive a RunThrough Kit Race T-Shirt and a goodie bag 🙂

Entries £20 England Athletics Affiliated / £22 Non-Affiliated tbc

Junior Race Entries £13 England Athletics Affiliated / £15 Non-Affiliated tbc


Any email enquiries to chris@runningnortheast.co.uk

Chris Parr

Race Director

UK License –

Certificate of Course Accuracy – 14/010  Click HERE to view Course Accuracy Certificate

Entrants must be aged 11 or over on the 31 August 2022 and under 17 on 31 August 2022 for the Junior Quayside 3k Race.


Event Information Subject To Change.


Please contact chris@runningnortheast.co.uk to transfer your entry officially and correctly.

This is necessary as all athlete information must be collected for safety reasons and for the results to be correct.

Please respect the administration of changes is not manageable in the days leading into the event.

The organisers hold the rights to amend/cancel any event at late notice. This includes any aspect of the event such as race time, date, venue, fees or prizes. In the event of a cancellation that is beyond the control of the organisers, such as adverse weather conditions, attempts will be made to reschedule the event and entries will be automatically transferred. Where an event can not be rescheduled committed contractors will be paid and remaining funds will be offered as partial refunds or donated to charity. Where an event is not fully cancelled or rescheduled and the participant chooses not to race, they will not be entitled to a refund.


Online Entries Closed – Entry On The Night £25 tbc