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The Great Run Company presents the largest, most compelling and innovative series of mass participation running events in the world.

Our first event, The Great North Run was first staged in 1981 and this annual UK half marathon is now officially the biggest in the world. More than one million competitors have taken part, including Great Britain’s greatest ever distance runner, four-time Olympic, World and European champion Sir Mo Farah, who has won the Great North Run a record three times in a row.

Our events offer people of all abilities the chance to compete against the world’s best athletes and raise millions of pounds for charity from family events, 5k, 10k, half marathons, right the way through to marathons.

We encourage everyone, young, and old, to get fit and active by participating in our events. Moreover, we support our runners, every step of the way with training plans, health, nutrition advice, and guidance to ensure the best possible event experience.

Run for charity

If you wish to take part in one of our Great Run events and also want to raise money for a fantastic cause, select an event then find an official charity to run for below.

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2014 saw the millionth finisher cross the finish line.

2016 saw more nations represented on the start line than in any other single running event.

2017 and our mission continues...

Last year the Great North Run became the World’s Favourite Run when runners from 178 nations across the globe were represented at the event. From Azerbaijan to Zambia, runners joined us in a celebration of humanity, endeavour and togetherness.

Please help us in our mission to bring the world to the North East of England for the 2017 Simplyhealth Great North Run.



We are with you every step of the way

The FREE Great Run event app is available for download in the app store.

The app features live tracking of all the runners so not only can runners see exactly where they are on the course and estimated finish time but friends and family supporters can keep track too – all in real-time! Plus interactive course maps, special selfie frames, uploads, and lots of info about Great Run.

Runners, families, friends, and spectators, either at the event or at home all can now enjoy the race experience every step of the way!