Race Info for George Ogle Memorial Race 2017

Come and join us at this year’s George Ogle Memorial Race in Gateshead’s beautiful Derwent Valley in the Land of Oak & Iron.

This page provides you with latest background information about the race and what to know for race day.  Visit our race home page for details about booking and the latest news.

  • Wednesday 24 May 2017, 7.15pm start
  • Fully UKA licensed event organised by Derwent Running Club.
  • License 2017-27867
  • Entry Fees £15 UKA Registered – £17 Unattached runner

Race number collection on the night

Please note that you must confirm your entry and collect your race number from Race HQ on the evening of the race.  No race numbers will be posted.

Please allow enough time to park your car, walk to the Race HQ (note its new location at Swalwell Juniors Football Club), collect your number and be at the start in plenty of time.

Race HQ will be open from 6pm.

Entries on the night

Entries are only available on the night if the entry limit is not reached beforehand. Please note that we do our utmost to provide all our finishers’ with their gift, but can only guarantee it for those who book in advance.

If you wish to enter on the day, please arrive in plenty of time to register. Cash or cheque accepted. Race HQ open from 6pm.

9 May update: We currently have places still available. We will indicate whether on the night entries will be accepted once online entries close.

New race HQ location for 2017

Derwenthaugh Park, Spa Well Road, Blaydon, NE21 6JA

Our new (bigger) race HQ at Swalwell Juniors FC is just up the road from the cricket club, with more parking options close by (see below).


Swalwell Juniors FC 2017

Car parking

There is free car parking in the following locations:

Swalwell Juniors Football Club (NE21 6JA, off A694, right next to Race HQ);

Winlaton Mill Car Park (NE21 6RU, off A694, approx. 5 mins walk to HQ);

Dam Head Car Park (NE21 6JA, off A694, approx. 10 mins walk to HQ).

Do not drop off or stop on the busy A694 road.

Entrance to Swalwell Juniors FC Car Park

Entrance to Swalwell Juniors FC Car Park

Public transport

There is the bus stop directly outside Swalwell Juniors Football Club on the A694 (Spa Well Road). This road is served by a number of buses, including the 45/46 and 47 buses. For more information, check with Nexus Journey Planner.

Toilets, changing facilities and baggage

Toilets and changing facilities are available at Swalwell Juniors Football Club. Baggage storage at Race HQ, belongings left at owner’s own risk.


This 6-mile trail race explores Gateshead’s lovely Derwent Valley.  For the first time, the race will start and finish on the Derwent Line, right next to Swalwell Juniors Football Club, Derwenthaugh Park. The undulating mixed-terrain course includes sections of the Derwent Line and footpaths in local woodlands and fields and alongside the River Derwent.

There is one water station (at Lockhaugh Farm) on the course, which is fully marked and marshaled by volunteers from Derwent Valley Running Club

Friendly marshal

Courtesy of David Bousfield Photography

Please note there are also a couple of kissing gates on the route.  The route is also open to other users, including bikes and horses.

What is included in your entry?

Chip-timing, goodie bag with gift, water station, free parking, changing facilities, fully marked and marshaled course.  (Book in advance to guarantee your finishers’ gift.)

Start/finish location

Our start and finish have moved to the Derwent Line close to our new Race HQ at Swalwell Juniors Football Club. Otherwise the route remains the same.


Prizes will be awarded to the First, Second and Third Male and Female, First Over 40 Male and Female, and First Mixed Team. Spot prizes will be given out to a range of runners at the finish line.

Prize giving will take place in Race HQ after the race. The paying bar will be open for refreshments and there will be a barbecue (cash required).

The Meadows runners 2016

Courtesy of David Bousfield Photography

Race contacts

Stay in touch with us and receive regular updates by liking our facebook page: www.facebook.com/georgeoglememorialrace

For information and general queries: Karen Ogle, Race Director, Derwent Valley Running Club, georgeoglerace@gmail.com  Mobile contact on the evening only: 07412 671049

For payment queries: Harry Harrison, Payment Processor, Sunderland Strollers, ClubSecretary@SunderlandStrollers.co.uk

We look forward to seeing you on the starting line!