Elly McMeehan, took part in this years Great South Run in a 10 kilo Rhino costume, to raise awareness and funds for the international charity, Save the Rhino. Her eye-catching costume was the first Rhino to ever appear at our event in Portsmouth! The charity has been allowing runners to use the popular costumes since 1992 and they have been seen at many running events around the world.


Harvey, the Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice’s mascot, hung up his running shoes at Glasgow's Great Scottish Run this year, where he was, aiming to finish on a high by attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest mascot in a half marathon, whilst raising funds and awareness for the hospice’s Brick by Brick Appeal.

The man beneath the costume, Frank, from Bellahouston Harriers, has completed over 100 miles in Harvey but said the costume was in need of a break and some TLC.

Harvey reclaimed the Guinness World Record earlier in the year for the fastest time in a charity mascot running as heart shaped Harvey, so we couldn’t miss him out of our top 10 - he even took part in the famous Mascot race on Super Saturday!



With an army of over 30 runners in this year’s Great Birmingham Run half marathon, #TeamOrange arrived at the start line accompanied by their mascot Smiley, raising money for the Penny Appeal Orphan Home Campaign. The team have already raised an incredible £17,000 and they're not stopping yet! The team are regulars at the Great Birmingham 10k and Great Birmingham Run and even had their own Snapchat filter and cheer point on the course this year.

Of course, spotting them at the events is easy with their bright yellow smiley face mascot!

They are a fantastic team, coordinated by Fundraising Manager Haroon Mota, aka ‘The Mota-vator’.

Just Giving 



Colin Burgin-Plews is now a regular at Great Run events and can be seen near the start line in his brightly coloured homemade dresses. His usual attire is his famous Big Pink Dress, which he wears to, to raise awareness and money for Breast Cancer Now. Having raised thousands for charity, Colin decided to switch up his costume for this year’s Great North Run.

To celebrate our #GreatWorldRun initiative, Colin's dress design featured all 193 UN flags and included some Great North Greats. But it didn't just stop there, he also designed and made a mini version of his outfit for 6 year old Ruby, Lil' Pink Dress, who joined him at the Great North 10k Family Mile and the Mini Great North Run.

The effort that goes into his fundraising and costumes is something to behold and Colin recently won the 2016 Tyne and Wear Lifestyle Award for fundraising.

We can't wait to see what your 2017 costumes have in store, Colin.



This crazy bunch of 30 runners took part in the Great Birmingham Run half marathon this year in fancy dress. Their outfits ranged from Big Bird, Incredible Hulk and even Sister Act.

Telford Harrier Art, from Wolverhampton, sowed the seeds for their fancy dress team 'after a few beers’ at the Telford Harriers’ awards dinner.

The running club members ditched the idea of personal bests and just aimed to have fun around the 13.1 mile course and finished together hand in hand.



We’ve all got a running buddy who we train with, but this challenge must have taken a lot of coordination.

Two runners from Bristol University Athletics Club, Ben Topely and James Thompson, aimed to break the world record for completing a half marathon while dressed as a pantomime horse, at the Great Bristol Half Marathon.

It must have been a warm one for Ben and James!


Great Barr firefighter Simon Shakespeare took on both the Great Birmingham 10k and Great Birmingham Run this year, in memory of his mother, and what better costume to run in that his firefighter kit!

Simon raised money and awareness for the British Lung Foundation, due to his mother suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

We think Simon should complete the Brummy hat-trick next year and join us for Birmingham International Marathon. ;)


This little boy rocked up to the Mini Great South Run dressed as a mini RNLI lifeguard to raise money for the charity. This year’s event had a ‘Down by the Seaside’ fancy dress theme and our mini runners went all out! 

2017 will see another theme to look forward to.


Anthony Chapman took part in this year’s Great North Run dressed as the 11-foot tall mascot Nessa The Nurse for the Well Child, charity, to celebrate his 10th Great North Run and to raise funds for the charity who are devoted to giving seriously ill children care and support that they need.

Weighing in at 3 stone, you literally couldn't miss his costume and running a half marathon in it deserves more than just a medal (it also JUST managed to fit under the finish gantry!)

Nessa The Nurse certainly put a smile on our faces - well done Anthony!


Our final favourite has to go to this prehistoric guy.

Neil Lewis took part in the Great North Run to celebrate his 40th birthday and as part of his five-event challenge raising money for Tommy’s charity dressed as a giant tyrannosaurus rex. 

The giant inflatable costume certainly caught lots of people’s attention and even caused a stir at Northumbria Police.

What were your favourite fancy dress outfits from this year's Great Run series?

Let us know on Twitter @Great_Run