This year’s Great North Run finishers t-shirt will be designed by well-known Geordie Artist James Dixon, who will incorporate the lads, lasses and landmarks of the world’s favourite half marathon into a bespoke artwork in his signature style.
Famous for his intricate, illustrated prints of his favourite places in the North East, James’ new commission will celebrate the Great North Run’s return to its iconic route after a historic break due to the pandemic.
The artist, who has created work for Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall and Greggs as well as earning praise from the likes of Chris and Rosie Ramsey, will bring to life the sights, sounds and experiences of the 13.1 mile course all the way from Newcastle to South Shields.
James said, “This is such an exciting commission and it’s amazing for me personally to have the opportunity to celebrate an event that means so much to so many in the region and beyond.
“I’m a local lad from Northumberland and I’ve taken part in the Great North Run many times in memory of my Grandad, who passed away very young. I know how special all of the little elements are that make up the day.
“I hope this artwork will make runners smile and provide a keepsake that reminds them of the biggest celebration in the North East calendar every time they put it on.”
Marketing Director at The Great Run Company, Catherine Foster, said, “Working with James on our finishers t-shirt this year is incredibly exciting.
“His work is synonymous with the region and we hope the finished product will be a brilliant keepsake for runners to remember how special it was to return to our finish line home in South Shields for the first time since 2019.”
The ballot into this year’s Great North Run is still open but will close at 9AM on Monday 21 February. For your chance to be a part of the 2022 event and claim your special edition finishers t-shirt, designed by James Dixon, visit greatrun.org/north.