Great North Run


Event Type:Running


Distance:Half Marathon

Registration Fee

Registration fee:£15

Minimum sponsorship

Minimum sponsorship:£350

Event date

Event date:13th Sep 2020


As you may know, sadly the organisers of the Great North Run have announced that the 2020 event will not be going ahead this year. 

View the official website 

We know this will be incredibly disappointing news for you after the many months of training and fundraising.  

It is very disappointing news for us too - the 40th Great North Run was set to be a fantastic occasion and we were expecting to raise over £100,000 to help us grant wishes to children across the UK.  2000 children’s wishes are waiting to be granted as soon as it is safe for us to do so.  

What happens next?  

The organisers have let us know that places from this year’s event will be rolled over to 2021 and so we hope to be able to offer you a place in next year’s event. We are in conversations with the them to find out more about how this will work. As soon as we have more information from the organisers we will clarify the process for taking up a place next year if this is something you would be interested in. We hope to be in touch with you in the next few weeks as we find out more.

In the meantime, we have prepared some questions which we think you’re likely to have below:


Q: When is the new event date for 2021?

The event organisers have told us the provisional date for 2021 is 12th September. We will confirm this once we hear more from them.

Q: What happens to my place?

The organisers have let us know that this year's places will be rolled over to 2021. We are waiting to find out more about how this will work but we hope to be able to offer you a place in next year’s event.

Q: What happens to my registration fee?

The registration fee is non-refundable.

Q: What happens to my fundraising?

All online fundraising is sent to Make-A-Wish on a weekly basis and so will have already been put to use helping us grant wishes for children across the UK. We currently have 2000 children whose wishes have been cancelled or put on hold as a result of corona virus. Now, our main priority is to make sure we have sufficient funds to grant their wishes as soon as we are able to. Once we have more information about next year’s event, we will be able to confirm fundraising targets for the 2021 event.

Q: I have a ballot place – what does this mean for me?

As you received your place directly from the organisers, please visit their website to read their full update.

Q: Can I transfer my place to another event with Make-A-Wish UK?

We will be able to give more information once we have had more clarity around the 2021 event

Q: I had already deferred to 2021 prior to cancellation – what does this mean for me?

Once we have had another update from the organisers we will be in touch.

Q: I have lost money due to the price of accommodation/travel, what can I do?

Please check with your insurance provider or travel agent.

About the Event

Take part in the Simplyhealth Great North Run, the world’s biggest Half Marathon, and help make magical memories for children who need them most.

Starting in Newcastle upon Tyne, the 13.1 mile route will take you through the city centre towards the River Tyne. You'll be one of thousands of runners crossing over the iconic Tyne Bridge where, if you're lucky, you might get a glimpse of the Red Arrows passing overhead. The route is lined by thousands of enthusiastic supporters and you'll be cheered on every step of the way!

The route leads runners to South Shields where at the top of Prince Edward Road the view of the sea is one of the most welcoming sights along the whole course.

Why run for us in the Great North Run?

By becoming a #WishHero in the Great North Run, you'll be helping to transform lives for children like Sebbie, whose One True Wish was to go have a pirate party on a real ship.