Thousands of eager runners will be heading to Newcastle and South Shields to take part in the Great North Run.

But of course, it won't just be runners heading to the route, as thousand more supporters also take to the streets to show their love and support to the runners.

And if you happen to be one of those loyal supporters, you'll want to make sure that you have a prime vantage spot to get the best view of the runners in mass.

Whether you're taking to the track to watch loved ones and see how they're doing on the route or you want to show your support, we have you covered with some of the best spots watch.

The best spots to watch the Great North Run:

Thousands of spectators are expected to head to the race this year, so to get a good spot you'll want to head down to the route early to avoid disappointment.

Some of the best and most sorts after areas are towards the start of the race where supporters can take in much of the pre-race buzz, along with standing on one of the bridges to catch the atmosphere.

If you want to avoid having to travel along the route yourself, the best advice is to choose a spot at the start or the end of the route to make sure you can be a part of the day.

With the Tyne Bridge being a prime spot, it's known to get very busy so you will need to get up and out early to get the best view.

Further along the route, the Gateshead Stadium is a great spot, with plenty of parking its perfect if you want a less cramped spot whilst still having that exciting atmosphere.

If you'd rather take a seat in the local to watch, then The Lakeside Inn pub is a brilliant spot. It lines the half marathon route just near the halfway point and is known to welcome all spectators.

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Another pub closer to the final push is The Marsden Inn which gives you and the runners a beautiful sea view. The pub serves great drinks and will promise to keep the kids entertained while waiting for the runners to approach.

If you want to get a view of the racers towards the end, the final corner is your best bet. On the corner of Redwell Lane and Coast Road, it will see runners take a left before heading down the final stretch.

And last but not least, Coast Road is the spot to head to if you want to watch the racers cross the finish line. With top elite athletes breaking records and a lot of relieved people crossing the ribbon. But you'll want to head down earlier to get a good view as it's set to get very busy.

Find out more information via the Great North Run website.