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.