Great North Run

The Run

57,000 determined and dedicated runners make the Great North Run the World’s biggest and best half marathon – famous for its warm North East welcome, unbeatable atmosphere and the millions raised for good causes.

It's Great To Be Back!

We waited almost two years to run together and we hope you had a day to remember. Thanks so much to everyone who came along to celebrate GNR40 with us! From our brilliant NHS heroes who were the official starters of the race, to the first northener winning the race since 1985, the weekend was a real show of regional pride, and we couldn’t have done it without you.

So whether you ran the 40th Great North Run, came along to cheer on the runners, watched live on the BBC, or showed your support online – thank you for being a part of it. If you want to relive some of the best bits, watch the highlights video below.

If you want to do it all again next year, back on our original route, sign up to our reminder service to be notified when Ballot entries open in January 2022.


Watch the Highlights

Guide Dogs

Official GNR40

We’ve created a range of GNR40 merchandise, available to buy now from the Great Run shop. Choose from a selection of men’s and women’s hoodies, vests, t-shirts, leggings, shorts, bobble hats and base layers.

Great North Run Members

As a Great North Run member you can skip the ballot and guarantee your place on the start line of the next Great North Run. If you’re a Great North Run member, you can get a reminder of what’s included with your membership below.

Please note, due to high demand new memberships for 2022 are now sold out.

Share Your Memories

What began as an idea, captured the imagination of a region, and went on to become the biggest half marathon in the world. GNR40 Heritage tells the story of the run and the region. We want you to be part of GNR40 Heritage and we’re asking anyone with a story to tell, to send us their favourite memories of the last forty years.

Great North Run
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Join the Great North Run social community on Facebook for support, tips, event updates and more.

The Route

The next Great North Run on Sunday 11 September 2022, will take place back on our original route, finishing in South Shields.

The Route

The Reward

The greatest reward in taking part is the sense of achievement as you cross the finish line, but by taking your place on the Great North Run start line, you’re already part of something really special.
Great Run events are renowned for being well-organised, safe, and inclusive and the atmosphere and support is always unbelievable.

What You Get

Obviously you’ll have bragging rights for the foreseeable, but you’ll also get…

  • A huge round of applause as you cross the finish line
  • A shiny new, special edition GNR40 medal, an exclusive finishers t-shirt plus a finisher’s bag filled with goodies
  • Official event day photos available to view and purchase a couple of days after the event, so smile for the cameras!
  • Your official result ready shortly after you cross the finish line
  • Runners Rewards – access to special offers for participants, from our partners and sponsors as a well done.

Exclusive Runner Offers

Take advantage of some exclusive partner offers for Great North Run entrants.

Electric Vehicle Charging Offer

GeniePoint are excited to offer an exclusive discount on the GeniePoint public network to all runners. As a Great Run Series runner, you can register…

Exclusive 15% Off!

Enter the code GR15 at checkout for an exclusive 15% off the entire Runderwear range - including our award-winning running underwear, socks and bras.

CLIF Training Pack

Building on a successful partnership over the last two years we are delighted to announce the return of CLIF as our official sports nutrition partner…

15% off Caring Range

GET 15% OFF our caring range with the code RUNNER15 at checkout on NURSEM.CO.UK Offer valid 13th August to 30th October 2021. Offer cannot be…

Runners Rewards

Your Great North Run finishers’ medal (and t-shirt!) gives you access to plenty of offers from local businesses around Newcastle on event day, Sunday 12 September, and beyond. Simply show your 2021 medal and/or t-shirt to redeem*.

*Please check with individual vendors for specific terms and conditions

Complimentary pint of Madri lager or a soft drink

Show your medal at Banyan Bar & Kitchen, to enjoy a complimentary pint of Madri lager or a soft drink to rehydrate after the GNR. 

3 Course Lunch Offer

3 course lunch and glass of fizz £24pp - valid Monday to Saturday until 30 Sept

10% Discount

Great North Run medal holders can get 10% discount on Sunday 12 September.

20% Discount

Great North Run medal holders can get 20% off drinks at Colonel Porters on Sunday 12 September.

3 Course Lunch Offer

Great North Run medal holders can get a 3 course lunch and glass of fizz for £24pp - valid Thursday to Saturday until 30 Sept.

3 Course Lunch Offer

3 course lunch and glass of fizz £22pp for Great North Run finishers - valid Tuesday to Saturday until 30 Sept 2021.

40% Discount

Great North Run medal holders can get 40% off food and beverages purchased at the Maldron Hotel all day and night on Sunday 12 September.

10% Discount

Great North Run medal holders can get 10% off all food and drink on Sunday 12 September, show your race number to qualify.

FREE Shields Style soft serve ice cream with every cheeseburger meal

Medal holders can get a FREE Shields Style soft serve ice cream with every cheeseburger meal, monkeys blood optional.

10% Discount

Great North Run finishers can get 10% discount on entrance to the Castle. Simply show your t-shirt and medal on the door. Discount runs until…

Free Bottle of Water

Give me water! OK you got it! Show us your winning GNR40 medal and refuel with some delicious, fresh Sushi. Get a free bottle of…

Complimentary beer + free shooting all day

£5 pizzas+ hot dogs for everyone. Booking advised but walk in’s welcome. Email: to find out more.

20% Discount

Great North Run participants can get 20% off at Runners Need, Northumberland Street, Newcastle. Every great run begins with the right shoe, which is why…

10% Discount

10% discount to anyone presenting their finisher GNR medals post event.

10% off all food and drinks

Free Beer

Free Beer with any Pizza for the first 100 Great North Run finishers through the door at The Social Cafe Bar, 27 Ridley Place, NE1…

20% Discount

Great North Run medal holders can get 20% off food and drink at The Wonderbar, Newcastle, on Sunday 12 September.

10% Discount

Great North Run medal holders can get 10% discount on food (only; excluding drinks), valid until 11 October 2021. Offer valid on Mondays (Dinner) and…

Free Chicken & Beer

Free bowl of Korean Fried Chicken & 1 pint of Asahi Draft Beer for Great North 5k Runners if you dine with us over the…

Free Kids Meal and Drink

Complimentary kids meal & juice drink for Junior and Mini Great North Run participants who can show proof of medal. Must order from kids menu.…

50% discount

50% discount for all runners on Sunday 12th AND Monday 13th on presentation of a finishers medal (offer available at both Newcastle City Centre restaurants…

Make It Personal

If you’d like a special memento from the day, you can purchase your very own iTAB to attach to your Great North Run medal ribbon. Personalise your iTAB with your name, finishing time, and even a special message.
Just £7.99 including postage and packing.

Run for

Join forces with the team that will get you to the finish line. We're the only ones fighting over 200 cancer . Our life-saving work is funded entirely by the generosity of our supporters, so every step we make towards beating cancer relies on every pound, and every runner. One in two people now survive cancer. Together we've achieved so much, but we won't stop until we've beaten it altogether. Join the team today and we will beat cancer.

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The Bobby Moore Fund was set up in memory legendary footballer Bobby Moore, who sadly died from bowel cancer aged just 51.To date the Bobby Moore Fund has raised over £20 million. The funds are spent on world class bowel cancer research carried out by leading scientists working across the UK. With your support, bowel cancer stands no chance. Let's make Bobby proud and help beat it sooner. Join the Bobby Moore Fund team today.

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Dementia is the UK’s biggest killer. We can beat it, but we can’t do it alone.

Alzheimer’s Society is the UK's leading dementia charity. We need you to run for us. We need your miles, your energy, your determination to help us find a cure. We know that training for a run isn’t easy. But we need you to beat that snooze button, beat the weather, beat the wall – beat everything that stands between you and the finish line.

Run for us and join the race to beat dementia.

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Blood Cancer UK is the leading blood cancer research charity.

We’re here for everyone affected by blood cancer by funding world leading research, providing support and campaigning for change. Run with us at the Great North Run and every pound raised will help us beat blood cancer.

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We’re Breast Cancer Now, the charity that’s steered by world-class research and powered by life-changing care. We’re here for anyone affected by breast cancer, the whole way through, providing support for today and hope for the future. Join our team today and you can help us be there for anyone facing breast cancer. Contact Amy or Charlotte on 0345 092 0804 or email to sign up for your fundraising support pack and bespoke running vest.

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When you run for the BHF, you run to beat the world’s biggest killers. Conditions like heart diseases, stroke and vascular dementia. You run for the people you love. You run for mums, for dads, for brothers, for sisters, for friends, for loved ones. You run to fund research that helps to keep families together. One life saving breakthrough at a time.

Champions like you have helped get them this far - heart transplants, clot busting drugs, genetic testing and so much more. So join the BHF, and fix your eyes on the finish line. Because together, you can beat heartbreak forever.

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Guide Dogs exists to provide life-changing services to the 360,000 people who are registered blind or partially sighted, and the two million people in the UK living with sight loss. 70% of adults receive no support within the first 12 months of diagnosis, and are likely to encounter poor education, high unemployment, depression, loneliness and financial insecurity throughout their lifetime. Our ambition is a future where every person with sight loss has the confidence and support they need to live their lives to the full.

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With your help we can do more for people living with cancer, giving each person the support they need to look after all that matters and take care of their health, protect personal relationships and deal with work and money worries. We want to help everyone with cancer find their best way through, from the moment of diagnosis, so they’re able to live life as fully as they can. You can be someone who makes that happen.

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We're Mind, the mental health charity. We're here to make sure no one has to face a mental health problem alone. We won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.

Join the movement for better mental health today and be part of something great!

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Join Team NSPCC at one of our fantastic Great Runs! We’ll be there for you every step of the way, from fundraising to cheering you along the course. Set your next Challenge - choose your distance and location and sign up today. By joining us, you'll be fighting for every childhood and changing lives. That's what we call a personal best.

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The Stroke Association are the UK’s leading charity dedicated to conquering stroke. We deliver stroke services across the UK, campaign for better stroke care, invest in research and fundraise to expand our reach to as many stroke survivors as possible. There are over 1.2 million stroke survivors in the UK with 100,000 strokes happening in the UK each year. That’s one stroke every five minutes. We believe in life after stroke and rely on your support to change lives and prevent stroke. With your support, together we can conquer stroke. and prevent stroke.

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Run for Team Tommy’s and help save babies’ lives!

Get FREE entry, V.I.P support, loud cheers and the best post-race party at the Great North Run!

Tommy's exists to save babies' lives and help parents to have a safe and healthy pregnancy. We fund medical research into the causes and prevention of miscarriage, premature birth and stillbirth. We believe it is unacceptable that one in four women lose a baby during pregnancy and birth.

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Junior & Mini
Great North Run

There’s nothing quite like the amazing sight of happy, smiling, active kids racing around the Newcastle Gateshead Quayside,
and we can’t wait to see all of our Junior and Mini Great North runners back on Saturday 11 September.
Entries are now open.

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