Thousands of people will be in the last stages of preparation for the Great North Run 2023 as it's now only weeks away.

Whether this is your first time running in a race or you have conquered a few half-marathons already, there might be a lot of information you are wanting to know before heading to Newcastle next month.

As the race takes place on September 10, here is some guidance on what time you can expect to complete it and where you need to be for the starting zone.

What is the average time to complete the Great North Run?

The distance of the Great North Run is 13.1 miles.

If you’re hoping to run a personal best or you have no time limit in mind, the average time to complete the half-marathon is around 2 hours and 30 minutes to 3 hours, reports TimeOutdoors.

A more experienced runner could expect to complete the route in under 2 hours.

The current men’s record for the Great North Run is held by Kenyan Olympic runner Martin Mathathi at 58:56 in 2011.

Meanwhile, the current women’s record holder for the iconic half-marathon is Kenyan runner Mary Keitany who ran 1:05:39 in 2014.

Where does the Great North Run 2023 start?

This year, the Great North run will start on the A167 road just outside Newcastle city centre, reports Newcastle Gateshead.

Those taking part should arrive via the Queen Victoria Road/Claremont Road roundabout in the city centre.

The route will then go through the centre of Newcastle with participants crossing the Tyne Bridge before heading into Gateshead.

The finish line is located at South Shields.

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The Northern Echo: Will this be your first time taking part in the Great North Run?Will this be your first time taking part in the Great North Run? (Image: Northern Echo)

Will the Red Arrows be performing at the Great North Run 2023?

The Red Arrows will be performing a public aerobatic display at the Great North Run in Newcastle and South Shields.

It’s thought the timings will be released closer to the event and you can keep updated by following the Red Arrows on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

You can find out more information about the Great North Run including a map of the full route and the staggered start times on the official website.