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Great North Run Solo

Following on from the hugely popular challenge last year, Great North Run Solo is back again in 2021!

Well Done!

Well done to all Great North Run Solo finishers

The deadline to submit your final results has passed, and your medal is on the way…don’t forget to share your medal pics with us on social media using #GreatNorthRunSolo

Run the Distance

To provide added motivation we are rewarding participants for the total distance you run across the challenge. If you achieve a distance award you will receive a personalised digital finishers certificate to download and share.

There are three distance awards up for grabs:

  • 60 miles – Howay man
  • 100 miles – Whey aye man
  • 150 miles  – Canny effort

Challenge Extras

To keep you moving and motivated we’re creating a (optional) bonus challenge for you to complete each week.  Something extra (and a little bit different) to add into one of your runs.  Share your attempts & progress with us on social using #GNRSolo.

Week 1

What goes down must go up!
Include a hill into your run this week…  the bigger the better!  Don’t forget to snap a selfie at the top to prove you were there!

Week 2

Run buddies for life!
To mark World Friendship Day this Friday (30 July) we’re challenging you to run with a pal / group of pals this week.  Post run squad selfie is a must.

Week 3

Local Landmarks
Get out your touristy map and plot a route past at least 3 iconic(ish) landmarks in your local area. Don’t forget to snap a selfie at each spot!

Week 4

Shoot for a PB
It’s time to put that training to the test… Choose your PB (400m, 1k, 2k, 5k, 10k, strava segment), lace up your trainers and start that stopwatch. You’ve got this!

Week 5

We’re going streaking!
Run at least 3 days in a row this week to complete the challenge (no minimum distance). You never know, this might be the start of a very long run streak….

Week 6

Early birds and Night owls
Whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, this challenge is for you. Enjoy epic sunrise or sunset views on a run this week. We’d love to see your pics

Week 7

Explore a new route
Ditch the ordinary and explore a completely new route this week… it’s good to shake things up a little from time to time! Don’t forget to share your route highlights with us

Week 8

Gear up for race day
Race day is approaching and your challenge finish line is just over the horizon. Get into the race day spirit with a run in your favourite finisher’s t-shirt. Selfie poses at the ready!

Official Merchandise

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.

The Challenge

Great North Run Solo

How it works

1Enter Great North Run Solo
2Start running on 19 July
3Keep track of your 25 runs during the challenge
4Complete the challenge by 12 September
5Submit you final results to receive your medal

Tracking Your

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 Reward

Great North Run Solo

Complete the challenge and you’ll be rewarded with a very special Great North Run Solo medal!

What You

The Great North Run Solo medal is glorious on its own (pictured), but it’s been cleverly designed to combine with the Great North Run medal to form a supercharged 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.

Challenge Extras

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.

Great Run Solo

Great Run Solo virtual running challenges are designed to keep you moving,
push you further, and to help you train for your next Great Run event.
Sign up to a virtual challenge today.

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