Big Fun Run is a series of 5k untimed runs staged within scenic settings throughout the UK from August to September. Run for fitness, run for charity, run for fun…just run!
There’s no pressure, just some easy moves and lots of laughs. It’s all about getting involved, having fun and enjoying the whole experience of the day.
When you arrive, make your way to the start and finish area – look out for the Big Fun Run pyramid and you’ll know you’ve reached the right place. Dress code is fun so wear whatever you like – fancy dress is always welcome however a comfortable pair of trainers is a must! Our friendly event team will be there to welcome you and play some great tunes to get you in the mood for some fun. Make sure that you arrive 15 minutes before the start to take part in the Big Fun Warm up. The event is not timed so don’t worry about rushing round.
There will be signage and marshals along the route to cheer you on and make sure no-one goes the wrong way. Once you come through the finish line you will be greeted by our friendly MC and finish team who will give you a bottle of water, an event goody bag and your well deserved Big Fun Run medal. Remember your camera or phone and why not make your way to the Big Fun Run pyramid where you can take your picture along with anyone you’ve come with.
Saltwell park was opened in 1876 to provide a haven of peace and tranquillity, and was originally called the People’s Park. There are two different Victorian landscapes to be found in the park. The first, in the centre of the park, is the private mansion of Saltwell Towers and landscaped gardens of William Wailes – built between 1850 and 1862. William Wailes (1808-1881) was one of the 19th century’s most noted stained glass designers. His work can be seen in churches throughout the country, including at St. Mary’s and St Cuthbert’s churches in Gateshead.
The attraction has recently been restored to the once beautiful and picturesque people’s park that it used to be. The restoration involved a staggering 30,000 new trees and shrubs, 100 new Victorian-style seats, a renovation of the Saltwell Towers, the maze- using 1,200 new trees and a new creation of 3,600 square meters of new lawn. It is advised that you arrive 15 minutes before the start to take part in the Big Fun Run Warm up. The event is not timed so don’t worry about rushing round.
The park has entrances on East Park Road, West Park Road, Saltwell Road South, Saltwell View and Joicey Road. Free car parking is available at Saltwell Park via Joicey Road, but there are limited spaces so plan your journey accordingly.
Runners are encouraged to consider public transport or car sharing, as buses 53 and 54 run regularly from Gateshead Interchange to Saltwell Park. For further information and travel / parking details for Saltwell Park please click here. The Big Fun Run Gateshead route is suitable for wheelchair users.
Need to pick up a number? Look out for our Event Number Station where a member of the Event Team will be able to assist you.
There are no baggage or changing facilities available so please come dressed appropriately ready to participate.
Bring your own camera/phone to take photos on the day. If you would like photographs of you on the course, please ask family or friends to take some for you. Why not pose infront of the Big Fun Run Pyramid. And remember to smile!
The Event Director and the Emergency Services reserve the right to stop the race at any time, if deemed necessary. These would be in circumstances beyond our control and no refunds would be given.