Great half marathons you can enter in the North East

11 great half marathons in the North East you can enter if you missed out on a Great North Run place

Hopeful runners have been getting news on their Great North Run entry ballots - and sadly many people will be left disappointed.

If you missed out, you could always try for a charity place. But here are 11 other great half marathons in the North East you can enter this year instead.

The first race organised by the now booming Trail Outlaws, set up to showcase the beautiful trails this part of Sunderland has to offer. Now part of the companys Urban Trails Series. Takes place June 23. Visit urbantrails.co.uk

5. Penshaw Pieces of 8 HM

The first race organised by the now booming Trail Outlaws, set up to showcase the beautiful trails this part of Sunderland has to offer. Now part of the companys Urban Trails Series. Takes place June 23. Visit urbantrails.co.uk
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The little brother of the Kielder Marathon, dubbed Britains most scenic, taking in parts of Kielder reservoir and forest. Takes place October 13. Visit www.kieldermarathon.com/half-marathon

6. Kielder Half Marathon

The little brother of the Kielder Marathon, dubbed Britains most scenic, taking in parts of Kielder reservoir and forest. Takes place October 13. Visit www.kieldermarathon.com/half-marathon
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Another Trail Outlaws event, at RAF Spadeadam, raising money for the RAF Benevolent Fund. Takes in Spadeadam Forest with views over to the Lake District and Hadrians Wall. Takes place September 22. Visit www.run-spadeadam.co.uk

7. RAFBF Spadeadam Half Marathon

Another Trail Outlaws event, at RAF Spadeadam, raising money for the RAF Benevolent Fund. Takes in Spadeadam Forest with views over to the Lake District and Hadrians Wall. Takes place September 22. Visit www.run-spadeadam.co.uk
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Not for the faint-hearted, this trail run takes in forest tracks, mud, crags and moorland. And expect it to be a little longer than 13.1 miles! Takes place May 12, with a night race on May 11. Visit http://highfellevents.co.uk/

8. Thrunton Thriller

Not for the faint-hearted, this trail run takes in forest tracks, mud, crags and moorland. And expect it to be a little longer than 13.1 miles! Takes place May 12, with a night race on May 11. Visit http://highfellevents.co.uk/
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