Run Up To
Great North Run Solo is an 8 week challenge starting on 19 July and finishing on 12 September, the day of the 40th Great North Run.
The challenge is to complete 25 runs (or more) in the build-up to the event and is designed to guide you through your training, keep you motivated and get you in start-line shape. However, the challenge is open to everyone, regardless of whether you have a place in this year’s Great North Run.
Complete 25 runs (or more) and you will be rewarded with a unique finisher’s medal and digital certificate. There’s also an optional distance challenge, with a bespoke digital certificate awarded to anyone who completes a distance award.
Join the challenge and Be Your Greatest in 2021.
Join the action
The challenge costs £15 to join, however if you have an entry into the 2021 Great North Run the challenge price is discounted to £12.50. Your entry fee includes a unique finishers medal, access to training plans & tips, and support throughout the challenge.
You have the option to use our online tracker to log your runs as you go, and you can start logging runs from the challenge start date, or use your own tracking app or device to record your activity.
Once you have completed 25 runs (or more), come back and submit your results and confirm that you have completed the challenge to receive your Great Run Solo medal and certificate.
You can join any time from now until entries close on Monday 16 August.
Run the Distance
To provide added motivation we are rewarding participants for the total distance you run across the challenge. There are three distance awards up for grabs and these will be revealed shortly.
We’ve created a range of official GNR40 branded merchandise to celebrate the 40th Great North Run.
The range includes GNR40 branded running hoodies and accessories for men and women, and a premium unisex hoody.
Buy online now from the Great Run Shop.
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Great North Run Solo
How it works
We recommend using a tracking app to log your running activity during the challenge – any tracking app or watch can be used. You can also use our online tracker to log each run as you go if you wish and monitor your progress. This will be available here on the challenge page from 19 July and you can log in and start tracking runs as soon as the challenge starts.
View our guide to tracking your runs and providing evidence for your Great North Run Solo challenge.
The Great North Run Solo challenge medal will look spectacular on its own, but has also been designed to attach to the 2021 Great North Run event medal to form a very special medal.
Your challenge fee also includes access to our online run tracker to monitor your progress through training – accessible on the challenge page from 19 July – and support throughout the challenge.
Note: For international runners, there is an additional £3.50 charge to cover medal postage.
Over the course of the 8 weeks we will set additional tasks to keep you moving and motivated. From snapping a selfie at the top of your city’s biggest hill (think Town Moor!) to running backwards for 1 minute, we’ll set you a series of challenge extras over the course of the 8 weeks to keep you on your toes!
Join the action on Strava and our social channels.