Great North Run – (half-marathon)
12 September 2021

The Great North Run is the largest half marathon in the world, taking place annually in England’s North East each September. The course runs between Newcastle upon Tyne and South Shields and was originally devised by former Olympic 10,000m bronze medallist Brendan Foster.

The first Great North Run was first staged in 1981 when 12,000 runners participated. It is now one of the biggest running events in the world with over 50,000 particpants, and the biggest in the UK. Only the Great Manchester Run and London Marathon come close to attracting similar numbers of athletes each year.

National Eczema Society has a small number of charity places available for this event. We ask runners who accept a place through us to achieve a £300 minimum fundraising requirement. This can be raised through sponsorship and/or a combination of other fundraising activities. This amount covers the cost of your place plus an administration fee to Great North Run, as well as our administration costs and the supply of a running vest. Please do your best to raise as much as you can! We’ve even put together an updated Fundraising Guide to get you started, see below.

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For more detailed event information, visit The Great North Run.