Grand Prix Competition

Some of our members enjoy a little competition, so we organise an annual Grand Prix which is open to all our members.

Joining in the Grand Prix is optional for all members though we have always had amazing participation. The simple idea (unlike other clubs) is points are awarded for attendance only, not positions or times. To score points you just need to turn up and run (or volunteer to marshal in some cases).

Most of the Grand Prix events for 2019 are free, local or have an alternative to reduce barriers to getting involved. We’re also focusing on LGBT+ hosted events by other Frontrunner clubs so keep an eye out for these trips (we hope to provide some form of transport too).

A quick note on parkruns

parkruns are free but do require runners to register prior to participating, and please include the club name when entering. Once registered you can participate in any parkrun. It is necessary to print off your bar code (or purchase a more durable barcode format from parkrun) and present at the end of each parkrun, or your run will not be registered. All parkruns start at 9am (except New Year’s Day) and are 5K in distance. Full details at

The full details for the Grand Prix 2019 with associated points are available to download here.

Other non-Grand Prix runs you might be interested in

This year our Grand Prix coordinating team have been very busy. They have also compiled a list of races which other members have found to be some of their favourites, so don’t let the Grand Prix limit you – you might also be interested in these events too.

Date What / where Distance Approx cost Link to register
Saturday 5/1/19 NEHL Temple Park XC (Sherman Cup) 4miles/6miles £3.00
Sunday 13/1/19 or Sunday 24/2/19 or Sunday 24/3/19 Tees Trail Winter 5K Wynyard Woodland or Tees Barrage or Ropner Park, Stockton on Tees 5km
Sunday 20/1/19 or Sunday 3/2/19 or Sunday 10/3/19 South Shields Winter Trail Series Event 4, Marsden 2.7km/5km £4/£6
Saturday 9/2/19 NEHL Thornley Woods XC 4miles/6miles £3.00
Sunday 24/2/19 Run for Bob - scenic trail run along cliff-top links and coastal paths to Seaton Sluice, Holywell Dene and Waggonways 8 miles
Sunday 3/3/19 Run Durham Dalton Park 10K 10km £17.50
Wednesday 6/3/19 This Girl Can, Exhibition Park 1 mile/5km FREE
Sunday 24/3/19 tbc Dishforth Dash 10km £10.00
Sunday 7/4/19 tbc Port of Blyth 10k 10km £13.00
Saturday 20/4/19 Run Durham Hamsterley 10K 10km £16.50
Sunday 21/4/19 North Tyneside 10k 10km £17.00
Sunday 28/4/19 Washington Trail 10km £18.00
Sunday 28/4/19 Terry O'Gara 5k 5km £16.00
Sunday 28/4/19 tbc Chase the Kite Train Run 10km £10.00
Sunday 12/5/19 Sunderland 10k & Half 10k/13.1m £23/£32 (early bird)
Sunday 12/5/19 tbc Raby Castle 10K/5K 5km/10km £15.00
Sunday 12/05/19 Durham Trail 10 miles £25.50
Sunday 19/5/19 Pier to Pier 7 miles £25.00
Sat 25/5 & Sun 26/5/19 Edinburgh Marathon Festival 5km/10km/13.1m/26.2m £15.45-£55.65
Sunday 26/5/19 Whitsun Woodland Run, Wynyard 6.5miles £11.00
Sunday 2/6/19 tbc Run Northumberland Bamburgh 10K 10km
Sunday 23/6/19 Penshaw Half Marathon 13.1 miles £30.00
Thurs 27/6/19 tbc Angel View Run 5.5 miles £10.00
Sunday 14/07/19 Darlington Trail 10k 10km £14.00
Sunday 14/07/19 tbc Hexham Half Marathon/10k/5k 5km/10km/13.1miles
Sunday 14/7/19 tbc Red Kite Trail Race 8 miles £4.00
Weds 17/7/19 tbc Durham City Run 5km / 10km
Sunday 21/7/19 Castle Howard Half Marathon & 10k; also triathlons, duathlons etc that weekend 13.1 miles or 10k £40/£30
Weds 24/7/19 tbc Fell 'em Doon 10k 10km
Saturday 3/8/19 tbc Powburn Show Hill Race; fell run 4 miles £4.00 Entries on the day
Sunday 11/8/19 tbc Darlington 10k 10km £13.00
Sunday 11/8/19 tbc Northumberlandia 5k Trail Runner 5km £13.00
Weds 14/8/19 tbc Quayside 5k 5km £15.00
Sunday 1/9/19 tbc Hamsterley Forest Half or Full Marathon; also relay option 13.1 miles / 26.2 miles £19.00
Sunday 22/9/19 tbc Run Northumberland Matfen 10K 10km
Sunday 29/9/19 Redcar Festival of Running 5km / 10km / 13.1 m £20.00
Sunday 6/10/19 Penshaw 10k (was Pieces of 8 10k) nearly 11km £19.00
Sunday 3/11/19 tbc Gibside Fruit Bowl Trail Race 7 miles