Join almost 60,000 other runners in 2020 and secure your charity place in the 40th anniversary edition of the Great North Run. Join our World Cancer Research Fund team #Team Can Prevent and receive incredible support from our dedicated Events Team.
The Great North Run, as the name suggests, is great in every sense. It’s an exhilarating challenge, completing the course is a great achievement and, perhaps most importantly of all, it’s a great way to raise money for a well deserving charity.
It is, without exception, the world's greatest half marathon as you and almost 60,000 others will know as you line up in the centre of Newcastle and head out through Gateshead and South Tyneside before arriving, sufficiently pleased with yourself and, quite probably, exhausted, in South Shields.
Extra motivation and support will come in the form of the many ‘Bands on the Run’ spread along the course, as well as thousands of other runners and the internal desire to reach your goal.
"Really good fun. Massive race but really well organised. Seeing Olympic stars was a bonus"
"LOVE this race. Big crowds, celebs, the Red Arrows, televised live on the BBC, fantastic fun whether you're going for a PB or just wanting to do your first half."
The main way of securing yourself a place in the Great North Run is to obtain a charity place. In return for one of these 'guaranteed charity places', runners are guaranteed a place in the event and need to commit to raising an amount of sponsorship for their chosen charity.
As well as an invitation to the UK's biggest pasta party (free for runners), all finishers will collect their pack at the finishing line, which includes:
Voted as one of the best cities in the UK by Guardian and Observer readers, Newcastle has it all to make your weekend truly great! Put your feet up at one of the ‘Toons’ buzzing bars or delightful restaurants, visit one of the many museums or just relax by taking a stroll along the Quayside.
Also coinciding with the Great North Run are the Great City Games. Get up close and personal with some world class athletes as they take to the streets of Newcastle. Best of all, it’s free for all to spectate.
You’ll also get the chance to take advantage of local offers on race day, just look out for the “Great Runners Welcome Here” sign to receive race day discount.
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With around 40 per cent of cancer cases being preventable - about 144,000 cases in the UK every year - the World Cancer Research Fund seeks to help people make lifestyle choices to reduce cancer risk through their commitment to research projects and resulting advice.
They have funded £104 million of research since 1991 but receive no UK government funding so need your fundraising help to continue their work.
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