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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Calling all Junior, Mini and family runners!

As families are getting to grips with working and studying from home, there are new hobbies and different ways of exercising. There are new trends emerging, from video workouts on Instagram Stories, to TikTok and keepie-uppie challenges, and we want to encourage you to keep this up as part of your daily routines!

The Loo Roll Relay is inviting you to create your own relay baton at home, film a video showing off how you’re keeping active, then virtually pass the baton on to your friends to do the same.

How does it work?

  • Step 1
    Get Creative! Create a relay baton by sticking two toilet roll tubes together and decorating it.
  • Get Active! Create a short video (30 seconds max!) to show off how you’re keeping active at home;
    Step 2

Receive the baton from your right

Show off your new home exercise routine

Then pass the baton on to the left

  • Step 3
    Get Social! Share the video on Instagram using the hashtag #LooRollRelay and tag your friends to challenge them to get involved too.

We have a winner!

We invited young runners to create an original mascot design, name and backstory for a new Great Run mascot and we received so many fantastic entries. After much deliberation, and with a little help from our fellow judge Radzi, we have now chosen our official Great Run series mascot!


Tim Tyne (Tyney) was designed by Elizabeth, age 9, from Northumberland; Tyney the Tortoise has the design of the Tyne Bridge, an icon of our flagship event, in the design of his tortoiseshell. Elizabeth told us she chose a tortoise because of the famous fable of the Tortoise and the Hare, explaining that the tortoise is inspiring as he chose not to give up when he felt he wouldn’t win. We too appreciate this demonstration of resilience and spirit.


Thank you to all of our amazing entrants for their creative and inspiring submissions. You can see more of the amazing entries we received, including runners up Ruaridh the Runicorn and STAR in the video below.



Elizabeth’s winning mascot is now in the process of being digitally adapted and turned into a costumed character for use across Great Run events, due to be unveiled online on Great North Run's birthday on Sunday 28 June 2020, and then will make a first appearance at the Junior and Mini Great North Run.