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Great North Run 2020 - Virtual


Event Date: 13th of September 2020

Target: 13.1 mile

Event location: Virtual


Fundraising Target: £100

(In this time of crisis, do not worry if you do not reach your target in full - get in touch at if you want to Run in one of our Nerve Tumours UK vests) 

Join us for the official Virtual Great North Run on Sunday 13th September. The virtual half marathon is free of charge to enter, regardless of whether you had a place in this year’s Great North Run. In return, we urge you to fundraise for a charity who would otherwise miss out this year. Entries are open now.

We'll see you on the virtual start line!

This year is different. We won’t be on the start line, we aren’t waiting for you at the finish, you won’t have thousands cheering you on…But you can still Be Your Greatest!

Great North Run is working with ViRACE, who are creating an app to bring you an innovative virtual experience with audio clips from the event so that you will hear the sounds of the Great North Run. From an upbeat warm-up led by the legendary Roy Gayle, to chants of OGGY OGGY OGGY, and the iconic roar of the Red Arrows fly-past, we are making it feel as much like the real event as we can!

There will still be a mimicked race format so that all runners start their Virtual Great North Run at the same time and complete the same 13.1 mile distance on their individual start times which you can choose yourself on the day. Runners will be tracked throughout the virtual race and will be able to view results after the race has finished.

You can run any route that you like, but you must follow all local regulations with regard to rights of way, traffic, hazards, etc. We politely request that you DON’T try to run the actual GNR route.  The actual Great North Run takes place on closed roads, most of which are not accessible to pedestrians at any other time of the year.

The Great North Run is an important day in the calendar for the North East, competitors, spectators & many others, but in particular for charities. Through runners’ blood, sweat and tears over £25m is raised for charity each year. With runners’ help, we’re hoping to still help all our charity partners raise a significant fundraising total.

Join the Virtual Great North Run to fundraise for Nerve Tumours UK who otherwise would miss out this year as we did with most high profile running events due to the crisis. Support us and encourage your friends, family and wider supporter network to rally behind you as you embark on your virtual Great North Run experience. You can start fundraising and set up a JustGiving page using the link below

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Event Advice

  • All runs should be completed on 13th of September 2020
  • Participants need to observe the Highway Code and the current Government guidance on social distancing during the event