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.
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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. The mini mile will take place on Saturday 29th October.
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.
RIO-BOUND PARALYMPIAN BACKS REVAMPED RACE
The North East’s most successful Olympian has urged the region’s marathon rookies to focus on a dedicated fitness plan ahead of the newest fixture on the local athletics scene.
Stephen Miller MBE has won three gold medals as a paralympian and heads for Rio this summer seeking to regain his club throwing crown.
But the Cramlington-based star can’t wait to welcome the relaunched Morpeth To Newcastle event to his home town this autumn.
And Miller is keen to ensure first-time marathon runners get their preparation right with just 20 weeks to go until the historic race takes place.
“As an elite athlete I know the importance of training and preparation,” said the 36-year-old. “During my 20-year career at the top level I’ve always planned meticulously but it’s the same for anyone looking to push their body to the limit.
“I sit down with my coaches each year, setmy targets and goals then break down exactly how we will achieve those goals.
“We plan each training block, each week and each session, looking for progression throughout. If those runners and cyclists entering the Morpeth in October want to get the most out of the event then they should try to do the same.
“It’s a bit of a cliché but all of the hard work really does pay off.”
Marathon runners and cyclists will set off from Morpeth on October 30 before passing through Miller’s home town and heading to Blyth.
The route then takes competitors along the picturesque Northumberland and North Tyneside coast – with the half marathon starting in Whitley Bay - before heading west into Newcastle city centre.
“It’s great to see the ‘Morpeth’ returning and I can’t wait to see it come through Cramlington,” he added.
“But there are less than five months to go until race day so people need to start focusing on a plan to see them through.
“Nutrition wise I consume a fair amount ofcalories due to my training volume and it’s important to get your diet right.
“Mine is made up mainly of fruit and vegetables with lean meat (chicken and fish) - I try to avoid saturated fat,refined sugar and processed meat.
“But the best – and most simple - nutritional advice is to drink water. I drink 500ml as soon as I get up in the morning and then at least three litres during the day.”
Miller has just competed in the IPCEuropean Championships in Italy as part of his build up September’s RioParalympics.
And the veteran Geordie remains confident that he can rediscover the glory days and repeat his gold medal hauls from Atlanta,Athens and Sydney.
Back home his community interest companySmile Through Sport – run alongside wife Rachel – continues to go from strength the strength.
And Miller added: “It takes up all of my time away from training and competition but it’s what we love.
“We specialise in disability sport and our services include motivational speaking, disability awareness training, tutoring,education programs and disability sport provision.
“These are exciting times for me on and off the field and I’m hoping 2016 can be one of my biggest years yet!”
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