The Simplyhealth Great North Run

September 4th, 2019

The Simplyhealth Great North CityGames and the Simplyhealth Great North Run, Britain’s biggest running event, returns to Newcastle this weekend.

Timeline is delighted to be working once again with FilmNova, one of Britain’s leading independent sports producers, to provide all of the RF facilities.

For the CityGames, Timeline provides a motorcycle-mounted camera, a helicopter link, two radio-cameras and two outgoing circuits via satellite.

The Simplyhealth Great North Run sees thousands of runners take on the half marathon challenge every year. Starting in Newcastle upon Tyne, the 13.1 mile course will be lined with supporters all the way from the iconic Tyne Bridge out towards the coast in South Shields.

For the Great North Run, Timeline provides wireless, motorcycle-mounted cameras, which have proved to be the best way to cover the Great Run Series. Timeline relays the pictures via a fixed-wing aircraft, circling overhead at 25,000 feet. The company has developed unique airborne systems for FilmNova, using state-of-the-art technology to give unbroken high-quality pictures as the motorbikes weave through the city streets.

Timeline also provides linking for helicopter coverage along the whole course, as well as a radio camera and satellite link at the race start, a cabled camera and uplink from Tyne Bridge, presenter facilities and a satellite link at the halfway point and a radio camera and two satellite paths at the finish point in South Shields.

All of the RF facilities are monitored and controlled from Timeline’s technical van, RF10. It is equipped with a 12m telescopic mast, racks of RF receivers, comprehensive RF distribution and monitoring, vision routing and control facilities.

As well as capturing the action, Timeline provides the satellite link to allow live broadcast on the BBC.

Find out more about our RF services here.

Watch it: The Simplyhealth Great North Run on Sunday 8 September will be broadcast live on BBC One from 9:30 to 13:30. The highlights programme will be shown on the same day from 17:00 to 18:00 on BBC Two.

The Great CityGames, coming to Tees Valley for the first time, will be broadcast live on Saturday 7 September from 13:15 to 14:45 on BBC One.