Great North Run

Join us for the official Virtual Great North Run on Sunday 13 September. The virtual half marathon is free of charge to enter, regardless of whether you had a place in this year’s Great North Run. In return, we urge you to fundraise for a charity who would otherwise miss out this year. Entries are open now.
We'll see you on the virtual start line!



The Official Virtual Great North Run

This year is different. We won’t be on the start line, we aren’t waiting for you at the finish, you won’t have thousands cheering you on…But you can still Be Your Greatest!

With our partners ViRACE, we are creating an app to bring you an innovative virtual experience with audio clips from the event so that you will hear the sounds of the Great North Run. From an upbeat warm-up led by the legendary Roy Gayle, to chants of OGGY OGGY OGGY, and the iconic roar of the Red Arrows fly-past, we are making it feel as much like the real event as we can!

We will mimic a race format so that all runners start their Virtual Great North Run at the same time and complete the same 13.1 mile distance. Runners will be tracked throughout the virtual race and will be able to view results after the race has finished. 

You can run any route that you like, but you must follow all local regulations with regard to rights of way, traffic, hazards, etc. We politely request that you DON’T try to run the actual GNR route.  The actual Great North Run takes place on closed roads, most of which are not accessible to pedestrians at any other time of the year. 

We'll be in touch with all entrants before the big day with all of the information needed to take part. We've also pulled together some FAQs below to answer questions about the race.
 

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The Official Virtual Great North Run

Supporting Charities

The Great North Run is an important day in the calendar for the North East, competitors, spectators & many others, but in particular for charities. Through runners’ blood, sweat and tears over £25m is raised for charity each year. With runners’ help, we’re hoping to still help all our charity partners raise a significant fundraising total.

We are encouraging everyone who takes part in the Virtual Great North Run to fundraise for a charity who otherwise would miss out this year. Choose a charitable cause that is close to your heart, or a Great North Run charity, and encourage your friends, family and wider supporter network to rally behind you as you embark on your virtual Great North Run experience. You can start fundrising and set up a JustGiving page using the link below.
 

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Official Merchandise

We have created a limited edition merchandise range to enable you to commemorate the event, and to support you with your virtual Great North Run experience.

This range includes an official special edition Virtual Great North Run event medal, men's and womens t-shirt, unisex hoodie and water bottle.  All merchandise is available to purchase when you enter the event, or you can purchase it separately below.

 

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Official Merchandise

Your Great North Run Stories

We know that a huge part of what makes the Great North Run so great is the runners and their inspiring stories. We’d love to hear about your Virtual Great North Run experience. What has motivated you to lace up your trainers and get involved? Have you set yourself a personal goal? Are you fundraising for a charity? Share your story with us here.

Great North Run 2020 Entry Refund Process

The deadline for 2020 Great North Run entrants to roll their place to 2021 has passed. If you opted not to roll your entry over then you will receive a refund. You don’t need to do anything to claim this, we will process it automatically to the card you paid on.  The refund will be your cost of entry minus a £5 administrative fee, as detailed in the terms and conditions at the point of entry. This fee covers some, but not all, of the costs we have already committed, such as fees charged to us to process the original booking, staff and supplier costs, and third-party payment providers. This is very much in line with other event and ticket providers across the industry. It will take us a little while to process refunds, so we ask you to bear with us whilst we process your refund. Please see our FAQs should you have a query.

FAQs

We've put together a comprehensive list of questions and answers around the Virtual Great North Run.

To take part in the Virtual Great North Run you need to enter the event by going to greatrun.org and completed the online registration form.  Entry is free.

As the event is free to enter the medal and tee shirt are available to all runners, but at an additional cost. .

Yes.   Just like the actual Great North Run participants in the Virtual Great North Run will need to complete the half marathon distance.   If you don’t fancy 13.1 miles take a look at our Great Run Solo challenges on the website.

Yes.   Just like the actual Great North Run, the Virtual Great North Run will take place on Sunday 13 September.

No. Just like the actual Great North Run, the Virtual Great North Run will start at a specific time on Sunday 13 September, likely to be 10.30am but this will be confirmed closer to the time. This is the time that the race will start in the viRACE app and your run time will be calculated from this time. For example, if you complete 13.1 miles in 2 hours starting at 10.30am your run time will be 2 hours. If you were to start 10 minutes later at 10.40am and take 2 hours to complete 13.1 miles, your run time will be 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Yes.   You must be 17 years or older on Sunday 13 September in order to take part in the Virtual Great North Run.

No.  In order for the viRACE app to track your distance you must run outside with your smart phone, which must be receiving a GPS signal.

No.   Just like the actual Great North Run, participants in the Virtual Great North Run must run, walk or jog.   Wheelchair participants are welcome to take part, but must ensure that their route is safe, that their fitness level is adequate to complete the distance, and that their equipment is in full working order and safe to use.

In order to take part in the Virtual Great North Run and to track your distance, you will need to install the viRACE app to your phone.  We will send full instructions to all entrants along with a code to access the Virtual Great North Run in the week before race day..

Contact your chosen directly and they will send you fundraising information, or create a Justgiving fundraising page for your charity.

Yes, you can fundraise for any charity of your choice, the charity does not need to be registered with Great Run..

The Virtual Great North Run experience works best when you wear headphones during your run.  However we know that many like to run with others and this is fine, subject to following the COVID-19 social distancing requirements in place in your locality at the time of the event (Sunday 13 September).
Do bear in mind that the nature of smartphone GPS tracking means that if you are running with someone else, it is possible that the distance covered may differ slightly on each smartphone.
If wearing headphones make sure the volume level is set low enough so that you are still aware of your surrounds including traffic and other pedestrians.

No.  Whilst you are free to run any route that you like, you must follow all local regulations with regard to rights of way, traffic, hazards, etc.   The actual Great North Run takes place on closed roads, most of which are not accessible to pedestrians at any other time of the year.   Just as it would be for any training run, it is entirely your responsibility to ensure that your route is safe when taking part in the Virtual Great North Run.
If wearing headphones make sure the volume level is set low enough so that you are still aware of your surrounds including traffic and other pedestrians.

Detailed instructions on how to use viRACE will be sent to all entrants in the week before race day. Like many other run tracking apps, viRACE uses the GPS feature in smart phones to detect your location and measure how far you are travelling. The app will play audio Great North Run inspired audio at various points during the half marathon run.

We have chosen to make the Virtual Great North Run free to enter so that everyone has the opportunity to take part.  The official event results will be displayed on greatrun.org shortly after the event and will include only those who have entered for the event at greatrun.org.

The Virtual Great North Run is free to enter so we are unable to give a medal or t-shirt to finishers free of charge.  However you can purchase your finisher medal and t-shirt when you enter or by visiting greatrun.org.

You can choose your route for the Virtual Great North Run.  You must follow all local regulations with regard to rights of way, traffic, hazards, etc.   The actual Great North Run takes place on closed roads, most of which are not accessible to pedestrians at any other time of the year so please don’t try to run the actual route.  
Just as it would be for any training run, it is entirely your responsibility to ensure that your route is safe when taking part in the Virtual Great North Run.

Any runner who purchases our official Virtual Great North Run merchandise their products will be despatched within two weeks. The final date to ensure delivery of your merchandise prior to event date is Monday 7 September. All purchased medals will be despatched immediately after the event date of Sunday 13 September.