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Great North Run: the fastest & slowest towns

It's not the winning, it's the taking part, in the UK's biggest race. Photo: PA Wire

The Great North Run is back, and to mark the occasion ITV News Tyne Tees set out to find the fastest and slowest neighbourhoods in the North East of England.

With the help of organisers Nova, we analysed results from 2013 finishers to find the average time for each postcode area in our region - which covers the area from Berwick-upon-Tweed to York.

Top 10 fastest areas

  • 1 - NE68 (Seahouses)
  • 2 - TS13 (Loftus, Skinningrove, Staithes)
  • 3 - YO41 (York: Elvington, Full Sutton, Stamford Bridge)
  • 4 - NE41 (Wylam)
  • 5 - YO1 (York)
  • 6 - YO24 (York: Acomb, Dringhouses, Woodthorpe)
  • 7 - NE43 (Stocksfield)
  • 8 - TS14 (Guisborough)
  • 9 - NE44 (Riding Mill)
  • 10 - TS15 (Yarm)

(To make things fairer, we have left out the postcode areas with only one or two runners, who could skew results).

Top 10 slowest areas

  • 1 - DL13 (Stanhope, Frosterley, Wolsingham, Tow Law)
  • 2 - NE49 (Haltwhistle)
  • 3 - NE71 (Wooler)
  • 4 - TS11 (Redcar)
  • 5 - TS4 (Middlesbrough: Grove Hill, Longlands)
  • 6 - NE63 (Ashington)
  • 7 -YO60 (York: Sheriff Hutton)
  • 8 - TS24 (Hartlepool)
  • 9 - NE19 (Byrness, Otterburn)
  • 10 - NE29 (North Shields)

Finally, we also looked at the areas with more than 100 runners. The area with the highest number of runners in 2013, by far, was NE3 (Newcastle: Gosforth, Fawdon, Kingston Park). And it also made our next list:

Top 10 fastest areas with 100+ runners

  • 1 - DH1 (Durham city centre)
  • 2 - NE26 (Whitley Bay)
  • 3 - NE7 (Newcastle: High Heaton, Benton)
  • 4 - NE3 (Newcastle: Gosforth, Fawdon, Kingston Park)
  • 5 - NE46 (Hexham)
  • 6 - NE2 (Newcastle: Jesmond)
  • 7 - TS17 (Thornaby, Ingleby Barwick)
  • 8 - NE20 (Newcastle: Ponteland)
  • 9 - NE13 (Newcastle: Wideopen, Dinnington, Woolsington)
  • 10 - DH8 (Consett, Durham, Stanley)