Inaugural Great North Run Poster


A2 poster



The Great North Run


The annual Great North Run is the world’s largest half marathon and begins on Newcastle’s central motorway near Spital Tongues and the finish line is 13.1 miles away at the coast in South Shields.

It was conceived by former Olympic distance runner and native of Hebburn Brendan Foster, the inaugural event took place in 1981 with 12000 runners taking part, an number that has grown steadily to between 40 and 50,000 finishers in 2018.

This poster

It is unknown whether any posters from the inaugural Great North Run exist and so this is an imagining of what one would have looked like based on photos from the graphics that appeared on the banner over the finishing line, a poster in the background of an episode of Geordie Racer and the information we have available to us about the event.

The poster is designed by me 100% from scratch in high resolution, none of it has been cut and pasted from elsewhere which would compromise it’s quality.

It is A2 in size and printed locally (to Newcastle) on high quality satin paper.

For charity

Every penny of the profits made from these posters will go to my Great North Run fundraising in aid of Teardrop, a support group for families who have experienced the death of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death.


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