This year is different to any other: you won’t be at the iconic start line with all the other runners and you won’t have thousands cheering you on from the sidelines, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your running shoes on and join in.
When the event was cancelled due to social distancing restrictions, GNR Reimagined was born.
The campaign has allowed runners to take on two virtual challenges: Great North Run Solo (offering an experience for what would have been the usual training period) and the Virtual Great North Run (to give runners a chance to race on the day).
Great North Run Solo has challenged runners throughout the summer to complete 40 runs up until 13th September, and more than 20,000 people signed up, with all profits being donated to the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal, raising almost £250,000 for the charity.
The Virtual Great North Run means keen runners from across the world can still complete the 13.1 miles on 13th September – the day the 40th iconic half marathon was scheduled to take place in the North East.
Through the power of technology, a unique running experience has been created with the app viRace so you can still hear the iconic sounds from the event as you set off from your doorstep. The app will also provide distance updates and motivational messages through your headphones to make sure the experience is as close as possible to the real event.
More than £25 million is raised for charities each year at the Great North Run and the charity village usually hosts 100 charities at the finish line in South Shields. That’s why everyone is encouraged to join in with the Virtual Great North Run – so we can continue to raise money for these worthy causes.
The Virtual Great North Run is free to enter and open to everyone, regardless of whether you had a place in this year’s event or not.
Organisers expect thousands of people to take part across the UK and worldwide, as a record 60,000 people were accepted into the Great North Run ballot this year.
You can read more about how we can help some of our local charities who rely on the Great North Run in the September 2020 issue of Living North for the North East.
Enter the Virtual Great North Run at greatrun.org/north