Elite Entries

Elite Entry Into Great Run Events

Please note that we have a separate policy for the Great North Run, see below.

A limited number of complimentary entries will be available for each Great Run event for athletes who have achieved the elite performance criteria, detailed below.

Elite Performance Criteria

DistanceMenWomen
10k31:0038:00
10 Mile51:0063:00
Half Marathon69:0083:00
Marathon2:24:002:55:00

Any athlete wishing to be considered for elite entry should have achieved the elite performance criteria (at any distance) since January 1st of the previous year . Please note that achieving the elite performance criteria does not guarantee elite entry into any Great Run Event as places are limited and complimentary entries are allocated at our discretion.

Elite Athlete Request Information

  1. Race for which elite entry is requested
  2. Full Name
  3. Date of Birth
  4. Club
  5. Unique Registration Number (URN)
  6. Current Residence
  7. Email Address
  8. Details of qualifying performances – when and where
Great Run EventEntry Instructions
Great Manchester Run
Great North Run
Great South Run
Great Scottish Run
If you would like to apply
for an elite entry please email the Elite Athlete Request Information detailed above to:
matt.turnbull@thegreatruncompany.com
All other Great Run eventsIf you would like to apply for an elite entry for any other Great Run event, please email 
elite@greatrun.org with the Elite Athlete Request Information  detailed above and we will aim to get back to you as soon as possible.

We validate all performances against the Power of 10 website and other official race results.

As elite places are limited we recommend athletes apply early to avoid disappointment. Elite entries for all events will close approx. 4 weeks before the event date, or when all available elite places have been allocated.

Guaranteed Entries for the Great North Run

We have a limited number of guaranteed fast pace entries available for club athletes.  These are available at the standard event entry price. Any athlete wishing to be considered for a guaranteed fast pace entry should email matt.turnbull@thegreatruncompany.com.  

As with all Great Run events, your qualifying performance should have been achieved since January 1st of the previous year.

Prize Money

Prize money is available for British athletes at the following 2021 events.

  • Great Birmingham 10k & HM
  • Great Bristol 10k & HM
  • Great Manchester Run (HM)
  • Great North 10k
  • Great Scottish Run (10k)
PositionWomenMen
1st£200 + entry into 2022 event£200 + entry into 2022 event
2nd£100 + entry into 2022 event£100 + entry into 2022 event
3rd£50 + entry into 2022 event£50 + entry into 2022 event

Prize money for British Athletes in our televised events is as follows:

  • Great Manchester Run (10k)
  • Great North Run
  • Great Scottish Run (HM)
  • Great South Run
PositionWomenMen
1st£1,500 + entry into 2022 event£1,500 + entry into 2022 event
2nd£1,250 + entry into 2022 event£1,250 + entry into 2022 event
3rd£750 + entry into 2022 event£750 + entry into 2022 event
4th£500£500
5th£300£300

Prize Money Regulations

  • If 2 male or 2 female athletes take part a trophy or medal will be awarded acknowledging first place for that gender.
  • If 3 – 5 male or 3 – 5 female athletes take part the race will offer a winners cash prize and runner up cash prize for that gender – prizes as stipulated above.
  • If 6 – 10 male or 6 – 10 female athletes take part the race will offer 1st, 2nd, and 3rd cash prizes for that gender- prizes as stipulated above.
  • If 10+ male of 10+ female athletes take part the race will offer 1st – 5th cash prizes (where applicable) for that gender- prizes as stipulated above.
  • Positions are based on the race ‘gun time’, not on athlete’s chip times.

Claiming Prizes
Prize winners will be informed at each event where possible, however if you believe you have won a prize at a Great Run event, email us at elite.payments@thegreatruncompany.com in the week following the event and we will confirm any prize, and take the necessary details in order to process the prize.

Competitive Wheelchair Athletes

Please note that we have specific regulations around racing wheelchairs and standard day chairs to ensure a safe run for all participants.   

  • Wheelchair athletes participating competitively (and therefore eligible for prize money) must do so in racing wheelchairs and must start at the front of the race.  This is due to the speed at which wheelchair athletes are likely to travel.   
  • Participants in standard day wheelchairs should start toward the back of the mass participation waves, again this is due to the speed at which they are likely to travel.

The following events offer prize money for racing wheelchair athletes.  Only wheelchair athletes in racing wheelchairs are counted in the elite wheelchair race and are therefore eligible for any prize money on offer.

  • Great Manchester Run (10k)
  • Great North Run
PositionWomenMen
1st£1,500 + entry into 2022 event£1,500 + entry into 2022 event
2nd£1,250 + entry into 2022 event£1,250 + entry into 2022 event
3rd£750+ entry into 2022 event£750+ entry into 2022 event
  • Great Scottish Run (10k)
  • Great Bristol 10k
PositionWomenMen
1st£200 + entry into 2022 event£200 + entry into 2022 event
2nd£100 + entry into 2022 event£100 + entry into 2022 event
3rd£50 + entry into 2022 event£50 + entry into 2022 event

Prize Money Regulations

  • If 2 male or 2 female athletes take part a trophy or medal will be awarded acknowledging first place for that gender.
  • If 3 – 5 male or 3 – 5 female athletes take part the race will offer a winners cash prize and runner up cash prize for that gender – prizes as stipulated above.
  • If 6+ male or 6+ female athletes take part the race will offer 1st, 2nd, and 3rd cash prizes for that gender- prizes as stipulated above.
  • Positions are based on the race ‘gun time’, not on athletes’ chip times.

Claiming Prizes
Prize winners will be informed at each event where possible, however if you believe you have won a prize at a Great Run event, email us at elite.payments@thegreatruncompany.com in the week following the event and we will confirm any prize, and take the necessary details in order to process the prize.

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