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Great North Run Virtual 2020

The world's biggest half marathon

13th September 2020

Grab your running shoes and get involved with the world’s biggest Half Marathon!

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.

Through runners’ blood, sweat and tears over £25m is usually raised for charity each year. Become a part of Team Racing Welfare and help us to raise vital funds.

You can even download the ViRACE app complete with crowd effects to help make your running experience as close as possible to the real event.

The GNR virtual 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.


Entry Process

GNR Virtual will be available to enter free of charge and will be open to everyone, regardless of whether someone had a place in this year’s Great North Run.

Entries will open on the Great Run website from 10am on Monday 3 August. The link to enter is here.

How will it work?

More information about the app functionality and experience will be provided in the coming weeks.

What do participants get?

Participants will get free access to the race app to enjoy the official Great North Run experience. As such, finisher mementos will not be included with entry, however a range of merchandise can be purchased within the entry process; this includes: official event medal, t-shirt, hoodie, water bottle, phone holder. The GNR Reimagined campaign has been designed to take participants through what would have been their training programme, building up to a grand finale on 13 September (the day the event was due to be held), to ensure that participants are able to follow the GNR journey from start to finish.

It’s all about charity fundraising

Due to the cancellation of planned fundraising events, Racing Welfare needs to raise £500k this year to fill the income deficit from this source. By taking part in the GNR Virtual and raising money for Racing Welfare you will be supporting our Covid-19 Emergency Appeal. You can set up your JustGiving event page HERE.

To find out more about how to get signed up, please contact Jennifer Gates at: or on 01638 560763, or please complete the contact form below.