And running with your friends and family is even more fun.

Add in spectators to offer high fives and encouragement, a buzzing atmosphere, and a medal and goodies as your finishers reward.

Then there’s the event village with free come and try it activities, competitions, giveaways and loads of food and drink stalls.

That’s why the Great Run Junior, Mini and Family runs are the biggest and best kids running events.

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Great Run embodies community pride. It is inclusive, motivating, supportive, down to earth and friendly – and has been for 40 years!

In honour of this, and to coincide with the 40th staging of the Great North Run, we’d like to invite our younger runners to demonstrate their creativity and passion for sport, by developing an original design, name and backstory of the future, official Great Run mascot.

Entrants must submit the below downloadable worksheet detailing how they came up with their design, telling the story of the mascot and who they are and what they are called. Downloadable worksheet

The winning design will then be brought to life digitally and made into a costume character for use across Great Run's future events. The Great Run mascot will make its first appearance in digital form on Sunday 28 June, which just happens to be the Great North Run’s birthday. They will then make their first appearance at this year’s Junior and Mini Great North Run on Saturday 12 September.

We’ve put together the below downloadable worksheet to help guide your little ones through their thought process. To get them thinking about how proud they felt taking part in their own running event, and how supported and celebrated they felt by their friends and family.

All they need to do is follow the 5 steps below to be in with a chance of winning:

  • Their winning design will be turned into the official mascot of Great Run’s series of events
  • A Golden Family Ticket to a 2020 Great Run event of your choice, including our flagship event the Great North Run (based on 2 adults and up to 3 children)
  • Personalised iTAB medal souvenir (only applies to Junior and Senior participants)
  • Official Great Run hoodie for all the family
    Interview with prize winner, presented with framed image of their winning design. To be presented by Great Run Chairman Brendan Foster, at Junior and Mini Great North Run, Saturday 12 September 2020.
  • Step 1
    Think about the event you took part in and how it made you feel
  • Think about what your mascot likes to do, what are their hobbies?
    Step 2
  • Step 3
    Come up with a name for your mascot
  • Design your mascot
    Step 4
  • Step 5
    Take a picture/scan your design and send to or post*

*Postal Address: Great Run Mascot Competition, The Great Run Company, Newcastle House, Albany Court, Monarch Road, Newcastle upon Tyne,NE4 7YB

The deadline for submissions is 12noon, Friday 13 March 2020.
Click here for full Terms and Conditions

1. Use the downloadable worksheet below to help to draw or help guide you through the steps to draw your design (feel free to use an A4 blank piece of paper if you don’t have access to a printer)

2. Any art materials can be used

3. It must be your own, original artwork and not copied from an existing design. Any use of clipart or photograph, internet images will disqualify the entry.

4. Take a picture of your design and send to

5. You must complete the above four steps

Download your planning and design toolkit by clicking the below button

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