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. Individual places for 2021 are not currently available, but you can secure a number through one of our many charities (below).

Event Info

We should have celebrated the 40th Great North Run in 2020, but the impact of Covid-19 put our celebrations on hold. We’re looking forward to marking that monumental milestone this September instead, while doing everything we can to keep you safe in these unprecedented times. We’ll be unveiling our GNR40 campaign in the coming months.

Unsurprisingly, most people who secured a place for 2020 chose to roll it over, so the 2021 event is already at capacity.

There are a number of charity places still available so if you want to join us on that historic start line get in touch with one of our charities listed under ‘Run for Charity’. If you’re an Elite Athlete, you can find out more about Elite entry here.

We’ve created a series of celebratory events in the run up to the 40th Great North Run.
They’re open to everyone, regardless of whether you have a place on the start line in September.

Run like it’s 1981

Run the Original! Celebrate our 40th Birthday by travelling back in time with us to take part in the original Great North Run – wherever you are in the world.

GNR81 gives you the chance to relive the first Great North Run virtually. Our aim is to take you on a retro running adventure to relive the experience of the first ever Great North Run, complete with a special GNR classic 80s playlist and the chance to wear the original race number

To ensure everyone can be part of this amazing throwback journey, GNR81 is free to enter.

Find out more >

Run Up to Race Day

Following on from the hugely popular challenge last year, we’re bringing Great North Run Solo back again in 2021! Great North Run Solo is an 8 week challenge starting on 19 July and finishing on 12 September, the day of the 40th Great North Run.

The challenge is to complete 25 runs (or more) in the build-up to the event and is designed to guide you through your training, keep you motivated and get you in start-line shape. However, the challenge is open to everyone, regardless of whether you have a place in this year’s Great North Run.

Find out more >


Kick off your Summer of running with the Great North 10k, an annual fixture in the North East running calendar.

Starting and finishing in Gateshead International Stadium and running along the formidable River Tyne, it’s a great 10k to warm you up for the Autumn event season.

Official GNR40

We’ve created a range of GNR40 merchandise, available to buy now from the Great Run shop.

Great North Run Members

We’ve compiled answers to some frequently asked questions regarding Great North Run membership status for this year’s event.

Click below for more information.

Great North Run
on Facebook

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

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

Before the event

We’re here to help you be your greatest, so before the big day you’ll get…

  • Your personal run pack sent to you in the post, with your run number and timing chip
  • Access to training plans to keep you on track
  • Exclusive offers and competitions from our partners and sponsors
  • Support and advice all the way up to event day
  • Regular emails keeping you motivated and moving
  • A huge supportive and inclusive social community on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to help you on your running journey.

On event day

Other than all the good vibes, fitness and mental health benefits you’ll also get…

  • Access to the free Great Run app to allow your loved ones to track your progress along the route as well as access to all event information
  • Access to the Great Run information point for any last minute queries (or safety pins)
  • Closed roads offering a safe running environment
  • Food and drink options to refuel
  • A shiny new medal, an exclusive finishers t-shirt plus a finisher’s bag filled with goodies
  • Plenty of medical support all around our routes should you ever need any assistance
  • A huge round of applause as you cross the finish.

After the event

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

  • 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 Offers

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

Exclusive 15% Off!

CLIF Training Pack Offer

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 Charity

Individual places for 2021 are not currently available but you can secure a number through one of our many charities.


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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Great Race

We’ve created a series of Great Run Solo challenges to guide you through your event training, keep you motivated and get you in start-line shape.
Choose your challenge today.

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