The Blaydon Race is a 5.9 mile athletics race from Newcastle upon Tyne to Blaydon, in England, that is steeped in local tradition. It takes place on June 9 every year starting on Collingwood Street in Newcastle, heading west along Scotswood Road and finishing in Blaydon. The actual race was the inspiration for Dr James Dewar of Blaydon Harriers, who organised the first 24 races starting in 1981. In the early years, the race attracted around 250 entries, but by 2004 a record of 4,000 people took part with more than 600 other hopefuls usually rejected.


Online entries are now closed




We are proud to have the support of the following as sponsors:

Start Fitness

Title and main sponsor of the race. Give substantial practical support including tee-shirts for all finishers many of the individual and team prizes.

Gateshead Council

Provide general assistance including the Finish gantry, road closures and safety advice via the event Safety Advisory Group

Newcastle City Council

Provide general assistance especially with road closures and also host the Event Safety Advisory Group's meetings

Mott MacDonald

Provide strong practical and financial support to the Kiddars Fun Run.

Royal Haskoning

Give valuable practical assistance in setting up and operating the Water Station.


Sports brand sponsor of the Blaydon Race t-shirts

Get Carter Productions

Race Timing Systems

Electronic chip timing & online entries handled by


Creation of the new look Blaydon Race website

Rock Farm Dairy