thanks den! I mean, the Mill Dam doesn't give youbreakfast, but it's the closest one to the customs house. The lady who I spoke too on the phone seemed friendly enough, she emailed me a couple of different ways to get to ss, either by taxi, bus, or to take the metro. It doesn't bother me too much that I don't get a cooked breakfast, I can just bring a few things for breakfast to mmunch on in my rucksack, i'm not a huge eater, so not having a cooked breakfast won't be a huge disappointment to me. I can't wait for this though, so excited! will try and get a nice early train so i can make the most of sunday at ss! If the weathers nice, i'd love to go with someone down to the beach or something, i've heard so many beautiful things about south shields beach, and i've always wanted to visit it, it'd be lovely to get a feel of the place where Joe does a lot of his running.