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Keep running and train for the virtual Great North Run with Great North Run Solo

What's more, by taking part you will help raise funds for our amazing NHS

 

Great North Run Solo started on 28 June (the birthday of the Great North Run) and runs until 13 September, the day the 40th Great North Run was scheduled to take place. Over 20,000 runners are taking part in the challenge and entries are now closed. For younger runners, there is a junior challenge still available to enter.

ALL PROFITS will go to the NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal and runners have helped to raise over £200,000 so far. 

Looking for a weekly or monthly distance challenge? Enter Great Run Solo here. Entries are also open for the Virtual Great North Run.

How it works

  1. 1 Enter Great North Run Solo
  2. 2 Start running from 28 June
  3. 3 Keep a track of your runs and your total distance
  4. 4 Complete the challenge by 13 September
  5. 5 Log your results to confirm you've completed the challenge

The challenge

Great North Run Solo is for runners aged +17.

Complete 40 runs in the 78 days

You can run at any pace and distance comfortable for you. Every runner who completes a minimum of 40 runs to finish the challenge will receive a special edition Great North Run Solo medal and certificate.
 

For those runners who also like a distance challenge, the second part of the challenge is for you.
 

(optional) Cumulative distance over your 40 runs

There are three distance levels, depending on how far you have run over your 40 (or more) runs we will award you a bronze, silver or gold finisher memento which you can download and share with pride.

  • Bronze - 100 Miles
  • Silver - 200 miles
  • Gold - 300 miles

Track your runs, then at the end of the challenge, simply return to log your results and confirm you’ve completed the challenge by uploading evidence of your activity over the challenge period. You can also join our official Strava group & track your runs with other runners taking on the challenge, or download and print our daily run tracker to monitor your progress.

Entries to Great North Run Solo are now closed.

Official merchandise

We’ve created an exclusive range of Great North Run Solo merchandise to mark the virtual challenge. Take your pick from men's and women's technical t-shirt or lightweight running hoody, or a unisex hoody in black or grey.  The merchandise is available to buy online now from the Great Run Shop.
 

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Supporting charities

We are encouraging everyone who joins Great North Run Solo to fundraise for a  charity who otherwise would miss out this year. Choose a 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 fundraising and set up a Great North Run Solo JustGiving page here. 

 

JUNIOR CHALLENGE

Junior Great North Run Solo is for runners under the age of -17.

13 runs in 14 days

Junior Great Run Solo starts on 31 August. Simply log 13 runs of any distance in the 14 days leading up to what would have been the Great North Run on 13 September. You can run at any pace and distance over the period, simply track your activity and upload your results at the end of the challenge.
 

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What you get

On completion of your challenge we will send you an exclusive, special edition Great North Run Solo or Junior Great North Solo medal and digital certificate. Runners who complete a distance challenge will be awarded a Bronze, Silver or Gold memento to share, print and display with pride, to mark the achievement.


Please be patient as medals will arrive approx. 1 month after you have completed the challenge. For international runners, there is an additional £3.50 charge to cover medal postage. Digital certificates will be made available after the challenge is completed and you have uploaded your evidence.

The NHS donation

Here at Great Run we rely heavily on medical volunteers across the country to help with the delivery of Great Run Series events. We have always appreciated them, but never as much as at this current moment. During this COVID-19 outbreak the amazing work that our NHS workers are undertaking is incredible, and that’s why we are taking no income from this challenge. ALL profits will be donated to the great cause that is the NHS – specifically, your donation will go to the NHS Charities together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal. Find out more here.

FAQ's

We’re sad that the Great North Run has been cancelled but we want to help keep people running, and continue to raise funds for our amazing NHS. 
Designed to keep runners motivated through what would have been their Great North Run training programme, Great North Run Solo challenges runners to complete 40 (or more) runs in 78 days and starts on 28 June.  Junior Great North Run Solo is for younger runners (-17) and starts on 31 August. Both challenges end on Sunday 13 September – the day the Great North Run was scheduled to take place.

For weekly or monthly running challenges, please see Great Run Solo.

If you have a question that isn’t covered below please email us at: greatrunsolo@greatrun.org
The challenge costs £10 to join, but you have the option of donating a further £5 (select the £15 entry price option) or a further £10 (select the £20 entry price option). All profits will go to the NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal. If you want to raise any additional money for charity during your running then create a JustGiving page.
Yes, for runners aged +17, Great North Run Solo starts on 28 June. For runners aged -17, Junior Great North Run Solo starts on 31 August.
Yes, the deadline for entries is 31 July. The deadline for completing Great North Run Solo and Junior Great North Run Solo is Sunday 13 September – the date the Great North Run was scheduled to take place. 
You can enter online ahead of the start date. We will also accept entries for Great North Run Solo after the challenge start date, up to 31 July.
 We suggest you use a tracking app (like Nike NRC, Asics Runkeeper or Strava) to track each run over the challenge period. Once you have complete the challenge, you will need to come back to enter your details and submit evidence (a screenshot of your activity) to get your medal.  Please see our guide on tracking your runs if you have any queries. You can also join our official strava group & track your runs with other runners taking on the challenge.

To upload your evidence when you have completed the challenge simply visit the results submission page (coming soon) and complete the form. You will need to enter your Great Run registration ID, which can be found on your entry confirmation email, and date of birth. You can then enter your details and confirm that you have completed the challenge. 
If you do wish to log your activity as you progress through the challenge then you can use our online run tracker.
The challenge is open to everyone. Great North Run Solo is for runners aged 17 and over. Junior Great North Run Solo is for our younger runners under the age of 17.

On completion of your challenge, once you have logged your results, we will send you an exclusive medal to wear with pride. Medals will arrive approx. 1 month after you have completed the challenge. Digital certificates will be made available after you have uploaded your results.

Note for international runners - there is an additional £3.50 charge to cover medal postage. This is paid on entry.

Yes, you can use a treadmill to reach your target. Just remember to track the activity.

Yes you can do more than one activity per day, but don’t overdo it!

Yes of course you can. All walking / jogging / running activity counts as long as you track it.

You don’t need to log your results with us after each run. You can visit the results submission page (coming soon) once you have completed the challenge and upload a screenshot/evidence of your activity (40 runs), enter your total distance and confirm that you have completed the challenge.
If you do wish to log your activity as you progress through the challenge then you can use our online run tracker. You will need to enter your Great Run registration ID, which can be found on your entry confirmation email, and date of birth. You can then log each run and see your total distance and number of runs completed.

The first part of the challenge is to do 40 runs (or more) in the 78 days – everyone who does this will receive a special edition medal.
The second part is to tally up the distance that you’ve completed. At the end of the challenge when you log your runs, you will need to calculate the total distance that you’ve covered.
We will then award you with a finisher memento which you can download and share with pride. If you have covered 100 miles + you will receive Bronze, 200 miles + you will receive Silver and 300 miles + you will receive Gold.

You don’t need to enter this challenge separately – if you have already entered GNR Solo then you already have the chance to achieve the bronze, silver or gold award.
At the end of the challenge when logging your results you will need to calculate the total distance that you’ve covered.
We will then award you with a finisher memento which you can download and share with pride. If you have covered 100 miles + you will receive Bronze, 200 miles + you will receive Silver and 300 miles + you will receive Gold.

You don’t need to change anything, you haven’t committed to a distance. At the end of the challenge when you log your runs, you will need to calculate the total distance that you’ve covered.
We will then award you with a finisher memento which you can download and share with pride. If you have covered 100 miles + you will receive Bronze, 200 miles + you will receive Silver and 300 miles + you will receive Gold. But remember, you don’t need to do anything until the end of the challenge.

Please send an email to greatrunsolo@greatrun.org with all of your details and the team will assist you.