Great North Run

Be a part of the biggest half marathon in the world

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Event information

Date: Sunday 12 September 2021
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

With over 57,000 runners pacing the streets of Newcastle, the Great North Run is not to be missed! This epic 13.1 mile race is one of the biggest half marathons in the world and includes world-class athletes such as Mo Farah. 

As we emerge from the pandemic there are some significant changes to this year's route, to allow all runners to fully enjoy the experience with plenty of space for social distancing. This means that you'll be able to run across the iconic Tyne Bridge not once - but twice! - and finish in a blaze of glory on the Great North Road in Newcastle upon Tyne

Join #TeamTangerine and soak up the atmosphere, character and spirit of this calendar highlight for new and experienced runners alike.

Join us with your own place

Charity place entry is now closed, but if you've already got your own place, we'd love you to join our team! You'll get all of the same support as our charity place runners, but there's no minimum sponsorship pledge.

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Be a part of #TeamTangerine and you will receive: 

  • A huge welcome at our post-race reception; drinks, snacks and a huge cheer await you in the Charity Village on Newcastle city's Town Moor (friends and family are also welcome)
  • Your own personalised technical running vest
  • An invitation to join our Great North Run runners community on Facebook
  • Access to our online Training Hub
  • Free fundraising materials
  • Support from our Fundraising team every step of the way

Why run for Meningitis Now?

“I've only really run for fun, for fitness or to clear my head before, so signing up for the Great North Run gave me a slight sense of trepidation. But the streets are lined with friendly faces, even whole families who have decamped their front room onto the verge in order to cheer on the runners. The crowd carry you along as you follow the route from Newcastle and before you know it you're in South Shields. Somehow, I had timed my race to see the Red Arrows fly by, although the breeze off the North Sea made the last stage a little harder, and then I crossed the finish line - easy, honest! Then off to the Meningitis Now tent for tea, sandwiches and a leg rub, and warm congratulations from the team. Would I recommend it? Yes! An amazing experience from start to end”.

Tom Nutt, Meningitis Now CEO and 2019 runner

Do you have any questions?

Contact our Fundraising team at or call 01453 768 000.