Cookies Policy

1. About Cookies

  • 1.1. Cookies are small (4Kb) text files that are placed on your computer or device by websites that you visit. Cookies allow a website to ‘remember’ you either for the duration of your visit – session cookies – or between visits – persistent cookies. Cookies, therefore, can expire at the end of session or can persist for days, months or even years. The persistence of a cookie is under the control of the website that sets it.
  • 1.2. Cookies can be used for many purposes but typically are used to remember who you are between pages on a website or for storing your preferences and generally improving your experience of a website.
  • 1.3. Cookies can be set by the website you are visiting – first party cookies – or by other websites that are using another website to host content – third-party cookies. If a website embedded, say, a YouTube video, YouTube may well set a cookie when the video is viewed, this would be a ‘third-party’ cookie.

2. Managing cookies

  • 2.1. Most web browsers allow at least a degree of control over cookies through their settings. You can opt to receive an alert whenever a cookie is set or even to disallow the setting of cookies altogether. You can also delete all existing cookies.
  • 2.2. For information about how to manage or delete cookies for you particular browser, please refer to the browser’s documentation, Alternatively, you can visit www.aboutcookies.org, which has comprehensive information on how to manage cookies on a wide variety of desktop browsers.
  • 2.3. Note, many websites use Adobe Flash Player to deliver video content to their users. Adobe utilise their own cookies, which are not manageable through your browser settings. The cookies are used by the Flash Player for various purposes, such as storing preferences or tracking users.

3 Use of Cookies on the Great Run Website

  • 3.1. Legislation including The Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003 (amended in 2011) and the General Data Protection Regulation 2018 requires websites based in the EU to:
    • Inform visitors about the purpose of cookies that the website sets
    • Obtain consent before setting cookies
  • 3.2. The Purpose of Great Run Cookies
    • 3.2.1. In accordance with the legislation, the table below lists the cookies that are set on the Great Run website.
NameExpiryDetailsThird PartyPurpose
GreatRunLinkCookie1 DayTracking cookie used within emails and photo pagesUsed to track the number of event registrations originating from a defined marketing source. The information provided allows us to tailor the content and target our communications more effectively.
.GRASPXAUTHSessionAuthentication Token for Login areaThis cookie is essential for the operation of the website
ASP.Net_SessionIdSessionIssued by ASP.NET. Contains the user’s session IDThis cookie is essential for the operation of the website. Visit the Microsoft website for detailed information – 
pysid1 daySession ID for a userMarathon PhotosUsed to store a customer’s order. Allows a customer to visit the site, close their browser and then return (within 24 hours) and continue their order. Visit the Marathon Photos website for details of their privacy policy.
langPermanentPreferred language for the userMarathon PhotosAllows a visitor to permanently override our browser language detection code to suit their preference. The cookie avoids the need for visitors to set their preferred language each time the site is visited if it conflicts with the default language of their browser. Visit the Marathon Photos website for details of their privacy policy
magazine_cover1 day
Personalized Magazine Cover data
Marathon PhotosVisit the Marathon Photos website for details of their privacy policy.
event1 dayPersonalized Magazine Event NameMarathon PhotosVisit the Marathon Photos website for details of their privacy policy.
bib1 dayPersonalized Magazine BibMarathon PhotosVisit the Marathon Photos website for details of their privacy policy.
_utma2 yearsGoogle AnalyticsGoogleUsed to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookie collects information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages visited. Visit the Google website for details of their privacy policy.
_utmb30 minsGoogle AnalyticsGoogleUsed to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookie collects information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages visited. Visit the Google website for details of their privacy policy.
_utmcSessionGoogle AnalyticsGoogleUsed to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookie collects information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages visited. Visit the Google website for details of their privacy policy.
_utmz6 monthsGoogle AnalyticsGoogleUsed to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookie collects information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages visited. Visit the Google website for details of their privacy policy.
_ga2 yearsGoogle AnalyticsGoogleUsed to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookie collects information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages visited. Visit the Google website for details of their privacy policy.
_gat10 minutesGoogle AnalyticsGoogleUsed to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookie collects information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages visited. Visit the Google website for details of their privacy policy.
tms_VisitorID, tms_wsip80 weeksFressrelevance/Pure360This allows us to tell you of products that you have had in your basket when you have not yet fully checked out.

4. Obtaining Consent

  • 4.1. For visitors to the website, at the top of the home page there is a notice alerting the visitor to the use of cookies on the Great Run website. The notice gives the option to accept the use of cookies on the Great Run website.
  • 4.2. By choosing to accept their use, a cookie is placed on the visitor’s computer so that the Great Run website can ‘remember’ the visitor’s preference. On subsequent visits to the website, if the presence of the cookie is detected the notice will not appear.
  • 4.3. Note, it is not technically possible to transfer this preference so you will see the notice again if you browse the Great Run website on other devices or browsers.
  • 4.4. From time to time we may set new cookies as we add features to the Great Run website. These cookies will be listed in the table above and we recommend you regularly view the Privacy and Cookie Policy for any changes.
  • 4.5. If you opt not to accept cookies but wish to visit the Great Run website you will need to manage the cookies using the settings on your browser, as discussed in the section above. However, if you browse the Great Run website having opted to disallow cookies you will still be able to use the website but certain features and functionality will be lost.

If you choose to ignore the notice but continue using the website, depending on the settings on your browser, cookies will be set. If you are at all concerned about cookies, we recommend that you do not use the Great Run website until you have clearly understood the implications or have altered your browser settings accordingly.

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