Great North Run 2017

Join Team Meningitis Now and follow in Mo Farah’s footsteps for the biggest half marathon in the world

Great North Run

Did you make it through the ballot?

Entry for the Great North Run 2017 has now closed, but if you were successful in gaining a ballot place, why not use it to run for us as a volunteer runner?


Sunday 10 September 2017

About the event

The Great North Run has earned a reputation for being the world’s biggest half marathon, attracting around 57,000 runners and following a spectacular course from Newcastle upon Tyne to South Shields.

The 13.1 mile route starts in Newcastle city centre before heading along the River Tyne and across the iconic Tyne Bridge. (At this point, if the timing is right, runners can catch a glimpse of the Red Arrows team passing overhead!) From the Bridge, the route passes through Gateshead and up to the top of Prince Edward Road, where the view of the sea at South Shields provides one of the most welcoming and memorable experiences for the runners as they make their way down the final straight towards the finish gantry, amidst the supporting cheers from thousands of spectators.

By joining Team Meningitis Now, you will receive all of the following:

  • An invitation to our post-race reception in the official Great North Run Charity Village to celebrate with family and friends, drinks and snacks and a well-deserved leg massage
  • Your own personalised technical running top
  • Training and dietary tips and fundraising support from one of our dedicated Events Fundraisers
  • Access to a wealth of fundraising knowledge and support materials

If you would like to join our team as a volunteer, please register your interest today.

If you have any queries please email Rachel Oakley at

We have many other exciting events available for you to participate in for 2017. Please download our events guide.