The Simplyhealth Junior and Mini Great North Run, the UK’s biggest children’s running event, returns on Saturday 9 September.

Over 6,500 children will descend on the NewcastleGateshead Quayside and take on a 1.5km course and a 4km course.

The popular event once again sold out in record time, with the entry limit being reached for both events by January.

Many children take part in the event as charity fundraisers, budding runners, school friends, sports teams and family members.

Here are five teams to give a high-five to on the Simplyhealth Junior and Mini Great North Run course for this September:


Nine-year-old Jamie Locklan, from Hebburn, will take part in the Simplyhealth Junior Great North Run with a huge group of teammates from Hebburn Town Juniors to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

As a community club Hebburn Town Juniors relies on volunteers, sponsors and fundraisers.

In turn, the club supports charities with its fundraising.

The Teenage Cancer Trust is close to the clubs heart after one of its founders Shirley Bowman passed away from the disease in 2010.

Each year dozens of children and parents, led by Foundation Stage Mentor Steven Richardson, participate in club colours of yellow and black.


Callum Henfry, 11, and his sister Tilly, three, from Stockton-on-Tees, are running the Simplyhealth Junior and Mini Great North Run in aid of Cystic Fibriosis and Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Tilly and Callum’s Godfather has been diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis and will be running with Tilly on the Mini course.

They also decided to fundraise as a team for Marie Curie as the charity looked after their grandmother when she was in her last weeks at the beginning of 2017.

Their aunt had also spent time at the hospice and the children wanted to pick two charities that were close to their hearts.


Avid fundraiser Colin Plews, from South Shields, aka ‘Big Pink Dress’ is returning to the Simplyhealth Mini Great North Run this year, accompanied by his Pinkettes.

Colin started fundraising for Breast Cancer Now at running events in a homemade Big Pink Dress after losing a close friend to the disease.

He met fellow runner Stephanie Kaier and her two children Emily and Gabrielle, at the Great North 10k Gateshead two years ago.

Colin took them under his wing and gave them their own T-shirts to help him with his fundraising.

They will run the kids run this year together with Colin as his Pinkettes, in aid of the charity.


Lewis Paul is running this year with some of his rugby teammates from Blaydon RFC.

Lewis started playing at Blaydon when he was five-years-old and is now with the club's U13's.

Both Lewis and his brother joined the club following in their Dad’s footsteps who has played for Blaydon since he was 16, and is now the Chairman of Youth rugby.

The team secured places for some of its players to run in this years Simplyhealth Junior Great North Run to raise some money via sponsorship to allow them to purchase new strips and equipment.

The club’s youth section is run based upon the core values: sportsmanship, enjoyment, discipline, teamwork and respect.


Six-year-old Nia Walker is running the Simplyhealth Mini Great North Run in memory of her baby brother Elliott who died in 2013 of a rare genetic condition at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

Since then, Nia’s family, who all live in Sheffield, have been fundraising in his memory for the London Hospital.

This will be the third time Nia has run the event for Elliott and this year she will be doing it as part of a team with her eight-year-old cousin Harry.

Joining Nia’s team is her Aunty Anna, Harry’s mum, who is also running the Simplyhealth Great North Run and fundraising for Elliott too.

They will all be cheered on by the whole family and hope to raise lots of money for GOSH.

Support the team’s fundraising here.

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