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Great North Run goes virtual


Join us for the official Virtual Great North Run on Sunday 13 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.  Entries are open now.

We’ll see you on the virtual start line! This year’s Great North Run 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!

With Great Run partners ViRACE, GNR 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, they are making it feel as much like the real event as they can!

They will mimic a race format so that all runners start their Virtual Great North Run at the same time and complete the same 13.1 mile distance. 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.

For more information and enter https://www.greatrun.org/great-north-run

We’ll be in touch with all entrants before the big day with all of the information needed to take part. We’ve also pulled together some FAQs to answer questions about the race.

You can start your fundraising at www.justgiving.com.

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