IMPORTANT EVENT UPDATE - 15 JUNE 2020
Today, we have confirmed the cancellation of the 2020 Great North Run and Great North 5k. The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic mean it isn’t possible to stage the event as planned this year.
We haven’t taken this decision lightly. The Great North Run raises over £25m for charity, and is an important day in the North East calendar. Over the past few months, we’ve worked hard, and in close consultation with our medical teams, local authorities and key partners to try and find a way to run the Great North Run which both observes social distancing rules, and, crucially, doesn’t impact on our local NHS. We have also looked at holding the Great North Run later in the year. But, as things stand, and even as the situation improves, it isn’t going to be possible to meet these goals with any certainty, and so, with just under three months to go we have concluded that the best course of action is to cancel.
We know how disappointing this is, but we’re sure everyone will understand why this decision has been made.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.