Join almost 60,000 other runners in 2019 and secure your charity place in the world's biggest half marathon, the Great North Run.
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.
Secure your charity place and fundraise for your chosen cause - choose a charity below to get started.
Making a real difference to cancer patients, both now and in the future.
The Christie charity is committed to revolutionising the fight against cancer by funding world reaching research, treatment and care, education and additional support services.
Patients are at the heart of everything we do and that's why The Christie charity is committed to continually improving the patient experience. Thanks to charitable support, we are able to provide a range of enhanced services in superb facilities over and above that which can be provided from NHS funding. Furthermore, this helps us to attract world-class clinicians and scientists who wish to work at The Christie for the benefit of all our patients.
Thanks to our world-reaching cancer research and ground-breaking treatments, more and more of our patients are going to beat cancer. In fact, cancer survival ratese have doubled in the last 40 years. But much of our pioneering, life-saving work is only possible with donations from the good people of the North West and all our supporters across the UK.
With your support, we can carry our more research, give more people the very best treatment and care - and save even more lives.
Registered no: 1049751.
Every childhood is worth fighting for.
Together we can help children who’ve been abused to rebuild their lives. Together we can protect children at risk. And, together, we can find the best ways of preventing child abuse from ever happening.
We change the law. We visit schools across the country, helping children understand what abuse is. And, through our Childline service, we give young people a voice when no one else will listen.
But all this is only possible with your support.
Every pound raised, every petition you sign, every minute of your time, will help make sure we can fight for every childhood.
Registered no: 216401/SC037717.
Fighting against loneliness and isolation for older people living across the UK.
Sadly, almost three-quarters of older people in the UK identify as lonely, so supporting MHA has never been more important. You'll be helping older people thrive in communities that care - reducing isolation, promoting 'Live at Home' schemes, providing therapy for those with dementia and more. MHA has been improving the lives of older people for over 75 years and with your support can help many more.
Registered no: 1083995.
Granting magical wishes to children fighting life-threatening conditions.
Make-A-Wish Foundation UK was established in the UK in 1986 and has so far granted 9000+ magical wishes to children with life threatening conditions meaning that seriously ill children, their parents and families get to enjoy an unforgettable day.
A child's life shouldn't be about hospitals and illness, it should be about wonder, joy and hope. Our children's wishes are varied, from walking with dinosaurs to starring in their own films, meeting a celebrity hero to going on that holiday of a lifetime. No two wishes are the same, and at Make-A-Wish Foundation UK we are commited to making their personal dreams a reality - at a time when they need it most.
Your support will help us grant more magical wishes.
Registered no: 295672/SC037479.
All of us against arthritis.
Arthritis Research UK and Arthritis Care have merged. We are now Versus Arthritis. We’re the carers, researchers, healthcare professionals, friends and fundraisers, all united in our ambition to ensure that one day, no one will have to live with the pain, fatigue and isolation that arthritis causes.
We fund breakthrough treatments, campaign relentlessly for arthritis to be seen as a priority, and support each other whenever we need it.
Registered no: 207711 / SC041146.
We’re the Parkinson’s support and research charity. Help us find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s.
Every hour, two people in the UK are told they have Parkinson’s – a brain condition that turns lives upside down, leaving a future full of uncertainty. Parkinson’s UK is here to make sure people have whatever they need to take back control – from information to inspiration.
We want everyone to get the best health and social care. So we bring professionals together to drive improvements that enable people to live life to the full.Ultimately, we want to end Parkinson’s. That’s why we inspire and support the international research community to develop life-changing treatments, faster. And we won’t stop until we find a cure.
Together we can bring forward the day when no one fears Parkinson’s.
Registered no: 258197.
Supporting limbless veterans since WW1.
Blesma is one of the few surviving charities established in the aftermath of the First World War and has been dedicated to helping limbless veterans ever since.
The loss of a limb or eye is life-changing but our expertise on living with limb loss helps thousands of serving and ex-Service men and women every year.
With your support, Blesma can ensure that those who have served our country and who endure limbloss every day, can lead independent and fulfilling lives.
Registered no: 1084189 / SC010315.
Making the discoveries that defeat cancer.
We work on all cancer types including children's cancers, pancreatic, brain & lung cancer. Tragically, one in three of us will develop cancer in our lifetime. And even if we are not directly affected, almost all of us will be moved by the pain and suffering cancer causes to a relative or friend.
The ICR is one of the world’s most influential cancer research institutes. Our scientists and clinicians are working every day in our labs to make a real impact on cancer patients’ lives.
Whether you’ve been affected by cancer, or whether you simply want to further world-leading research, please get involved and support us today.
Registered no: 534147.
Supporting children and young people with terminal illnesses.
Providing specialist care and emotional support for children who are not expected to reach adulthood due to terminal illnesses and also their loved ones, so that they can enjoy their time together as a family, for as long as they have.
Registered no: 1039651.
Beating bowel cancer together
Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer with over 16,000 people dying annually of a disease that is preventable, treatable and curable.
We are determined to change that. As the UK's leading bowel cancer charity, our purpose is clear: we are determined to save lives, improve the quality of life and support all those affected by bowel cancer in the UK. We fund targeted research, provide expert information and support to patients and their families, educate the public and professionals about the disease and campaign for early diagnosis and access to best treatment and care.
Our vision is of a world where no one dies of bowel cancer, but we can't do this alone. Tomorrow can't wait. Join us and help us stop people dying of bowel cancer today.
Registered no: 1071038.
Transforming young lives forever through travel and real adventure.
Where you go changes who you become. Every child deserves a chance to discover, explore and grow. Together we can turn isolation into exploration, adversity into adventure and fear into freedom.
Amazing places to stay and unique opportunities to explore are how YHA makes this happen - bringing love and care of the countryside, appreciation of cultural values and promoting health, recreation and education.
Registered no: 306122.
Every blind veteran should be able to lead the life they choose.
By offering in-depth expertise, a range of services and our years of experience, we support those who've served in the Armed Forces or has completed National Service, and those who are now living with significant sight loss.
We are proud to have been offering physical and emotional support to veterans with vision impairment since 1915, and we continue to help those adjusting to the loss of sight and overcome the challenges of blindness.
Registered no: 216227.
We are the cancer prevention experts
World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF UK) is committed to cancer prevention through a healthy diet, nutrition and weight management. We provide people with the information they need to reduce their cancer risk and we were the first charity to link diet and cancer. Over the last 25 years we have made huge steps forward with our cancer prevention research, linking lifestyle factors to cancer risk. We are mostly funded by donations from the general public.
Registered no: 1000739.
Leading the battle against Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and other forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Our mission is to work with all those affected by Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis & other forms of IBD to achieve a better quality of life, improve services, & ultimately find a cure.
Registered no: 1117148.
We are the UK’s leading veterinary charity – saving and protecting pets is what we’re all about.
Every year, PDSA saves the lives of hundreds of thousands of pets when their owners have nowhere else to turn. Whether it’s a single parent, someone with a disability or an elderly person living on their own, we help people from all lifestyles by tackling poverty in a unique way.
Yet our work goes beyond caring for pets when they’re sick; we’re working to prevent this from happening in the first place. With 48 Pet Hospitals across the UK, veterinary expertise is at the core of what we do and we’re dedicated to educating present and future owners on all aspects of pet ownership.
We touch the lives of more pets and their owners than any other animal charity in the UK today, and we’ve been doing this for 100 years. In that time we have provided a staggering 100 million free treatments to more than 20 million pets.
We’re a lifeline for sick and injured pets, and yet we receive no HM Government funding for our life-saving work. We can’t do it without you.
Registered no: 208217 & SC037585.
Transforming the lives of vulnerable children & young people in the UK.
As the UK's leading children's charity, Barnardo's aim is to transform the lives of the UK's most vulnerable children who may have been abused, forgotten or neglected. Regardless of their circumstances, gender, race, disability or behaviour, we believe that every child deserves the best start in life and chance to fulfill their potential.
Due to our direct work with children on a daily basis, we are well-placed to campaign for improved policies on childcare - and to champion the rights of children. With our help, support & belief, even the most vulnerable children can turn their lives around.
Registered no: 216250 / SC037605.
Dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children.
NDCS believes that deaf children worldwide should not face barriers which prevent them achieving, that they should be valued by society and have the same opportunities as any other child.
Our approach is one of empowerment so that deaf children & their families are equipped to make informed choices and influence decisions which affect them. Our vision is a world without barriers for each deaf child.
Registered no: 1016532.
Funding medical research projects to secure a future without prostate cancer.
The mission of PCRC is to develop new therapy for men with advanced prostate cancer. The immediate goal is to increase survival and our vision is a cure for the disease.
The Prostate Cancer Research Centre is the only charity solely focused on funding world class scientists developing new treatments for advanced prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men. Over 11,000 men die every year in the UK and the number increases every year.
Advanced prostate cancer is treated with hormone therapy, developed in the 1940s. Hormone therapy is still the primary and most effective treatment for advanced prostate cancer. Consequently, survival rates have improved little over the last 70 years. New and more effective therapy is urgently needed.
We are dedicated to improving the survival of the next generation of men and better treatment can only come through research.
Registered no: 1156027.
Helping blind and partially sighted people break down the barriers of sight loss.
Each day in the UK 250 people start losing their sight - leading to isolation, depression and unable to achieve their potential. RNIB won’t stop until every last psychological and physical barrier has gone for good - and you can help smash through them.
Registered no: 226227.
Help us be there for young people who need us.
Around seven young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. We’re the only charity dedicated to providing expert care and support from the moment they hear the word cancer. We treat them as young people first, cancer patients second and everything we do aims to improve their quality of life and chances of survival.
Registered no: 1062559.
We exist to make this country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else.
We’re the disability equality charity. We'll be here until we achieve a society where all disabled people enjoy fairness and equality. We provide emotional support and practical advice to disabled people and their loved ones whenever they need it. Collectively, we use our power to change attitudes and end injustice. And we campaign relentlessly to create a fairer society.
Registered no: 208231.
No one should have to face cancer alone.
Macmillan Cancer Support wants to make sure no one has to face cancer alone. A cancer diagnosis can change everything, so we're here to help you with anything from money worries to advice about work, healthcare options to just needing someone to talk to. We're a constant source of support to people affected by cancer and their families and carers.
As treatments improve, more and more people are living with cancer in their daily lives. We fund specialist health care professionals and build cancer care centres to help provide cutting edge support.
We rely completely on our supporters to help us make sure that people facing the toughest fight of their lives don't have to do it alone.
Registered no: 261017.
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