COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE

We are closely monitoring the developments with COVID-19 and will continue to take the advice of the UK government around the staging of large public events.

At present the Great North Run is scheduled to go ahead as planned, but we will assess over the coming weeks and update participants as a priority if anything changes.

We understand the commitment and dedication you make when you enter one of our events and we would not take any decision to cancel or postpone lightly. We love delivering our events and we work hard to make sure our participants can enjoy them in a safe and happy environment.

In the meantime we want to reassure you all that we are keeping in close contact with Public Health England. If circumstances dictate that we must cancel any of our events everyone who had entered would be entitled to a refund.

Great North Run

2020 is going to be a very special year as we celebrate the 40th Great North Run! This year, the world's biggest half marathon, takes place on Sunday 13 September, starting in the centre of Newcastle and finishing at the coast in South Shields. The ballot for the 2020 Great North Run closed at 9pm on Sunday 9 February, however if you'd still like to take part you can choose to run on behalf of a charity. Charity places are limited and available on a first come first served basis. Click here to view a list of charities >



Great North Run ballot results

If you entered the 2020 Great North Run ballot would have received an email with your successful or unsuccessful result (please check your spam folders) by Friday 14 February. If you haven't received an email yet then you can click here and enter your details to see if you are 'in' or 'out' of this year's Great North Run.

GNR40

 
The 40th Great North Run takes place on Sunday 13 September 2020, but it all began back in 1981. And since then over 1.2 million people have taken part, making it the world's biggest and best half marathon!
 
Whether you've made the journey from Newcastle to South Shields as a participant, spectator or volunteer - you've all made the event what it is today! Take a look at the video that is sure to stir up the emotions and pride that the event brings to the region.
 

Important ballot information


When does the ballot for the 2020 Great North Run entries open?

The general ballot for the 2020 Great North Run will open at 10:00 on Monday 6 January and will close at 21:00 on Sunday 9 February. You will be asked to submit payment details for the entry fee (£58) and for any optional merchandise/event registrations you may wish to purchase when completing the entry form. The total amount will only be taken if your ballot entry is successful when the ballot is drawn. Please ensure you have enough funds in your registered account on Monday 10 February. All entrants of the ballot will receive an email on or before Friday 14 February to let them know whether or not they have been successful.

How does the payment work?

Your account will be verified with a zero amount transaction. Your credit limit will not be affected. If your ballot entry is successful when the ballot is drawn, the total transaction amount will be debited. Please ensure you have enough funds in your registered account on Monday 10 February.

I have had a notification that a payment has been declined, what does that mean?

If, at the point that the ballot is drawn, and your card is declined unfortunately your entry is forfeited and your place is released back into the ballot.  If you are unsuccessful in the ballot you can still apply for a place via one of the charities that have purchased a charity package. The full list of which charities are available can be found here. You would need to contact a charity directly to ask for more information about securing one of their places.  

I’ve realised I can no longer take part in the 2020 Great North Run, can I withdraw my entry from the ballot?

Unfortunately you can no longer withdraw your entry, however you are able to defer your entry until 2021. Please email info@greatrun.org to request your deferment from the 2020 event to the 2021 event. Please include your name, date of birth and post code so the customer services team can locate your entry. For more details on our deferal policy click here.

I have entered the ballot, but I have not received my email?

All entrants should receive an email on or before Friday 14 February letting them know if their ballot entry has been successful or not. Please check your spam/junk mail folders in case the email has been sent there. If you have not received your email by the end of Friday please email info@greatrun.org. There will be a ballot check facility added to the website that you can use to check your result. 

I have been unsuccessful in the ballot, how else can I secure a place in the event?

If your entry was unsuccessful in the ballot you can still apply for a place via one of the charities that have purchased a charity package. The full list of which charities can be found here. You would need to contact a charity directly to ask for more information about securing one of their places.  

My friend/family member were unsuccessful in the ballot but I received a place?

Don’t worry your friends and family can still apply for a place via one of the charities that have purchased a charity package. The full list of which charities are available can be found here. They would need to contact a charity directly to ask for more information about securing one of their places.  

Why have I received a successful email but no payment has been taken from my bank?

Payment may take a few days to clear, this will depend on your bank. If monies have still not been deducted from your bank by Friday 14 February please email info@greatrun.org.

I was successful in the ballot and I ordered merchandise on my entry form – when will I receive this?

Any merchandise purchased on the ballot entry form will be processed and despatched in the next 2-4 weeks.

I was successful in the ballot and I requested a place in the 2020 Great North 10k on my entry form. When will I hear more about this event?

If you purchased a 2020 Great North 10k entry, you will receive an online entry form via email by Monday 17 February. You will need to complete this entry form to secure your place in the event. 

I was successful in the ballot and I requested a place in the 2020 John West Great North Swim on my entry form. When will I hear more about this event?

If you purchased a 2020 John West Great North Swim entry, you will receive an online entry form via email by Monday 17 February. You will need to complete this entry form to secure your place in the event. 

I was successful in the ballot but now I can’t take part, what can I do?

A person who has been accepted as an entrant into the 2020 Great North Run who subsequently decides not to run prior to the event is eligible for a guaranteed place at the standard entry fee in the 2021 event.

 

  • Please click here to view the withdrawal policy.
  • We can offer refunds to those who cannot take part for medical reasons. Please click here for the refund policy. 

What you get

  • Exclusive medal and t-shirt
  • Goodie-filled finisher’s pack
  • Timing chip for accurate results
  • Free training and advice
  • Security of closed roads
  • Be part of the world's most iconic half marathon

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